About Your Care and Condition
Leukemia is a blood cancer that also affects the bone marrow. It causes rapid production of abnormal white blood cells. Leukemia can affect both adults and children. Adults may have fast-progressing (acute) or slowly developing (chronic) forms of leukemia. In children, leukemia is most often diagnosed in an acute form.
We have one of the most sophisticated diagnostic laboratories in the country—often allowing us to make a diagnosis in just a few hours to a few days. This is significantly faster than most cancer centers.
Receiving a rapid, accurate diagnosis means leukemia treatment, including bone marrow (stem cell) transplant or enrollment in a clinical trial, can start sooner, often resulting in the best possible outcome for our leukemia patients.