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​Leukemia is cancer of the blood and develops in the bone marrow. The bone marrow is the soft, spongy center of certain bones that produces the three major types of blood cells: white blood cells to fight infection; red blood cells that carry oxygen; and platelets that help with blood clotting and stop bleeding. When a child has leukemia, the bone marrow, for an unknown reason, begins to make new blood cells (usually white blood cells) that do not mature correctly, but continue to reproduce themselves. Normal, healthy cells only reproduce when there is enough space for them to fit. The body can regulate the production of cells by sending signals when to stop. With leukemia, these cells do not respond to the signals to stop and reproduce, regardless of space available.

These abnormal cells reproduce very quickly and do not function as healthy white blood cells to help fight infection. When the immature white blood cells, called blasts, begin to crowd out other healthy cells in the bone marrow, the child experiences the symptoms of leukemia (such as infections, anemia, or bleeding).

Leukemia is the most common form of cancer in childhood. It affects approximately 4,000 children each year in the U.S., accounting for about 1 in 3 of childhood cancers.

There are different types of leukemia. According to the American Cancer Society, acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is the type of leukemia that most commonly affects children, most often between the ages of 2 and 4 years. Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is the second most common form of leukemia in children. AML is more common before the age of 2 years, and is not often seen in older children until the teenage years. Other chronic forms of leukemia are less commonly seen in children.

Here are some of the leukemias we treat: 

Acute Leukemias

Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)

Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)

Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia

Castleman Disease

Hodgkin Lymphoma

Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia

Myeloproliferative Disorders

Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

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