Leukemia

The latest leukemia news, advice, and information, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and real stories about people living with the disease.

Blood Bond: When Your Sister's the Stem Cell Match

A leukemia survivor (and grateful brother) shares the story of how his sister’s stem cells saved his life. Learn what it feels like to receive a stem cell transplant.

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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: The Big Picture

Explore these long-term considerations, from fertility preservation to how to develop a survivorship care plan.

By Sheila M. Eldred

What Is Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia?

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a slow-growing cancer and the most common type of leukemia in adults. Find out what to expect and how to navigate treatment and survivorship.

By Eileen Bailey

How to Manage CLL Treatment Side Effects

If you're being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), you may experience side effects like fatigue or nausea. Here are some ways to lessen the impact of your side effects.

By Katherine Malmo

Surviving Leukemia Treatment and Its Long-Term Side Effects

As leukemia treatments become more effective and patients live longer, long-term and late side effects have become an area of growing concern.

By Katherine Malmo

Leukemia Treatment Offers Many Options

Leukemia treatments today encompass chemotherapy, stem cell transplants, radiation, immunotherapy, vaccine therapy, and close monitoring during early stages.

By Eileen Bailey

Leukemia Symptoms Can Be Everyday Ailments

Leukemia symptoms like fatigue, night sweats, and swollen glands are easy to mistake for minor ailments, but get a checkup when many of them show up together.

By Elizabeth Millard

Leukemia Risk Factors

Scientists do not exactly know the causes of leukemia, but research has found possible risk factors and links.

By Elizabeth Millard

Risk for Leukemia Genetic But Not Hereditary

Leukemia is considered a gene-related disease, but usually is not hereditary—meaning, it can’t be inherited from parent to child.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Leukemia Comes in a Dizzying Variety of Types

Understanding more about the type of leukemia you have can help you make treatment decisions and get a clearer sense of your prognosis.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Some Leukemias Come as Surprise Diagnosis

Everyday minor ailments like bruising and rashes may actually be chronic leukemia symptoms, while acute leukemia symptoms can be urgent and life-threatening.

By Elizabeth Millard

Meet the Experts

Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Health Writer

Judi Ebbert has worked at three NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers and is a writer/editor at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Lisa Emrich

Patient Expert

Living with MS and RA, Lisa Emrich is a powerful patient advocate who inspires people to live better and stay active.

Carol Bradley Bursack

Caregiver, patient expert

Carol Bradley Bursack is a veteran family caregiver who writes as the Candid Caregiver as well as focusing on dementia.

Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Health Writer

Judi Ebbert has worked at three NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers and is a writer/editor at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Health News

Racial Disparities in Pain Management Are Easing

Researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor conducted a study to determine if racial disparities in pain management have changed, including disparities in prescription opioid treatment.

Holding Hands With Your Partner Can Ease Your Pain

When you’re in pain, hand-holding can help your brain waves sync with your partner’s and relieve your discomfort, according to a study conducted at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Haifa in Israel. This study involved 22 he...

Could Lowering Cholesterol Help the Body Fight Cancer?

Lowering blood levels of cholesterol could improve the cancer-fighting ability of certain immune system cells, called Tc9 cells.