Find leading, compassionate care for Leukemia & MDS.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a form of Leukemia or MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome), you’ll want access to the most advanced diagnostic tools and blood cancer treatments available. At Novant Health Cancer Institute you’ll find compassionate, highly skilled providers who have devoted their careers to providing you with remarkable oncology and hematology care. Receive wholistic care from a team focused on helping you manage symptoms and live your life as fully as possible.

What is Leukemia?

Leukemia develops when white blood cells mutate into cancerous cells. These cells multiply and disrupt development and growth of your healthy blood cells. Some blood cancers progress slowly over time while others can grow very rapidly. Your dedicated care team will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your type and stage of blood cancer.

What to expect with your leukemia treatment

When you receive treatment at our hematology and cellular therapy program you have access to a team of highly trained and experienced leukemia specialists. Our experts use the latest and most effective diagnostic procedures and treatments to deliver leading care.

Our multidisciplinary team of physicians work together and meet routinely to discuss your condition and develop the most appropriate treatment plans based on your overall health and treatment goals. We also offer clinical trials, giving you access to new treatments that may not be available elsewhere.

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Common Types of Leukemia

What is Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)?

Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) occurs when immature blood cells in the bone marrow do not mature or become healthy blood cells. An inadequate production of blood cells leads to a low number of white blood cells, red blood cells and/or platelets. Those at risk factors are typically over the age of 65, have had prior exposure to chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or have been exposed to certain chemicals such as benzene.

Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) symptoms

• Fatigue
• Poor energy
• Shortness of breath
• Infections
• Easy bruising or bleeding

Treatments for Myelodysplastic Syndrome

To diagnose Myelodysplastic Syndrome and determine the best treatment, you’ll undergo bone marrow aspiration and biopsy. Your treatment plan will depend on several factors including your symptoms, age and the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS) disease risk score based on your biopsy.

Myelodysplastic Syndrome treatments may include:

  • Dynamic observation or “watch and wait” through blood count monitoring.
  • Supportive care with growth factors to stimulate blood cell growth and/or red blood cell and platelet transfusions.
  • Drugs called hypomethylating agents, which are some of the first targeted therapies for this disease that replace traditional chemotherapy approaches of the past.
  • Immunosuppressive therapy and immunotherapy, which  harness the power of your own immune system to attack the cancer
  • Chemotherapy, which is used when there is a higher blast count, similar to acute leukemia, to kill rapidly dividing cells.
  • A blood or marrow stem cell transplant from a donor, the only known cure for Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Your bone marrow is replaced with healthy blood stem cells from a donor.

Why Choose Novant?

Novant Health Cancer Institute is accredited to provide CAR T-cell therapy by the Foundation for Accreditation for Cellular Therapy, a nonprofit organization committed to quality care. This means you and your family can feel confident that your providers are among the country’s leaders using this new therapy.


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Members of the Novant Health Cancer Institute were the first in the world to provide the targeted therapy that became the first approved agent to treat the rare disease, BPDCN. Our specialists continue to explore new approaches to treat rare cancers as well as common ones, so you don’t have to travel far to receive the most current effective therapies.

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Our multidisciplinary team will evaluate your individual diagnosis to provide the best treatment options for you. Your dedicated group will include specialists from the leukemia team, hematopathology team, radiation oncology and dermatology. This team reviews your progress weekly to ensure you are getting the best care possible.

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Who treats leukemia & MDS?

Your team of specialists will use their years of experience along with the most advanced diagnostic and cancer-fighting tools available to deliver the quality care you deserve. This multidisciplinary team meets weekly to review your treatment options and progress, and typically includes members with expertise in:

Medical oncology
Radiation oncology
PathologyMental health
Symptom management
Cellular immunotherapy
Stem cell transplantation

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Are you concerned or confused about a cancer diagnosis or treatment recommendation you've received?

Another perspective on your case and options can give you some peace of mind. Reach out for a virtual session or in-person consultation.

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Together, we can beat cancer. Clinical research studies drive breakthroughs in the prevention, detection and treatment of many cancer conditions.

If eligible to join a clinical trial, you could access new cancer treatments before they’re available to the general public. Explore clinical trials and speak with your cancer team to see if any are right for you.

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Why Choose Novant Health?

Accredited by multiple national organizations, including the Commission on Cancer and the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®), your Novant Health physician is committed to providing excellence in cancer care. You can feel confident that you will be supported throughout your cancer journey by a specialized team of experts focused on your specific needs. We work in state-of-the-art cancer care centers that are among the best in the country.

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Your cancer journey is unique. That’s why our nationally recognized cancer teams work with you to develop a personalized care plan. At Novant Health, you’ll have access to the most current treatment options available only at leading cancer institutes. Your treatment may include clinical research trials or robotics, microsurgeries, new radiation technologies, or cellular and immune therapies. Together, we can treat your cancer, manage your symptoms, and provide you with support at all stages.

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You're not alone on your cancer journey. At Novant Health, rest assured you’ll have all the resources you need to tackle your life-changing diagnosis. Our multidisciplinary, collaborative approach brings together experts with knowledge from different specialties to support you every step of the way. In addition to oncologists, radiologists, and surgeons, your team may include nurse navigators, nutritionists, integrative medicine specialists, genetic counselors, social workers, symptom management and palliative care specialists, and more.

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