Your Care at Winship

New treatments for leukemia have dramatically improved patient recovery and survival so it’s important that your healthcare team is fully up to date. Our leukemia experts are dedicated to providing the best care and newest, most effective treatments for patients with many types of leukemia.

Drawing on Emory's extensive resources in hematology, medical oncology and radiation oncology, Winship’s leukemia teams offer comprehensive, coordinated services to diagnose, treat and provide long-term care of leukemia patients.

Our multidisciplinary care teams include hematologists, pathologists, pharmacists, physician assistants, and oncology nurses with decades of experience treating both chronic and acute forms of leukemia. This focused, coordinated approach provides you with a personalized care plan that identifies the best therapies for you, from the latest chemotherapy drugs to the most advanced procedures in bone marrow and stem cell transplantation.

As blood cancer specialists, our teams study leukemia and are adept at translating the latest discoveries into better patient care and quality of life during and after treatment.

The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly experienced teams include:

Diagnosing Your Leukemia

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood-forming cells. Leukemias are classified by the type of cell affected and by the rate of cell growth.

Acute leukemia involves a rapid growth of very immature blood cells and is a life-threatening condition requiring immediate treatment. Chronic leukemia involves the growth of more mature blood cells, and sometimes does not require immediate treatment. However, some chronic leukemias do progress to a form of acute leukemia. The most common types of leukemia are:

Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL); the most common type of leukemia in children.

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML); the most common type of acute leukemia in adults.

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL); the most common type of leukemia in adults.

Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML); a slow-growing leukemia affecting mostly older adults.

Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) or pre-leukemia is a condition in which the bone marrow does not produce enough normal blood cells, and precedes the development of acute leukemia.

Your Treatment Options

During the last four decades, the prospect of recovery for an individual with leukemia has changed dramatically. Now, most patients can live successfully managing their symptoms and some patients can be cured.

Depending on your diagnosis and the stage of your leukemia, your treatment options will vary and may include:

Chemotherapy: Currently, the most effective treatment for leukemia is chemotherapy, which may involve one or a combination of anticancer drugs that destroy cancer cells. Each type of leukemia is sensitive to different combinations of chemotherapy.

Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation: This treatment consists of destroying cancerous bone marrow cells using higher doses of chemotherapy and in some cases, radiotherapy, and then replacing them with healthy bone marrow or stem cells to help patients build a new and healthy immune system. Winship has pioneered many advances in bone marrow transplant procedures and drugs.

Some specific leukemias may also be treated with targeted therapy, monoclonal therapy and biological therapy.

In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselors, nurse navigators, dietitians and social service professionals.