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.
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
• Poor energy
• Shortness of breath
• 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?
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:
Stem cell transplantation
You’re Entitled to a Second Opinion.
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Experience the Future of Cancer Care, Today.
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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