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Leukemia

  • Posted: 12/23/2013

About This Booklet

This National Cancer Institute (NCI) booklet is for you—someone who has just been diagnosed with leukemia. Leukemia is cancer of the blood and bone marrow (the soft material in the center of most bones). In 2013, more than 43,000 adults and 5,000 children and teens will be diagnosed with this disease in the United States.

This booklet is about medical care for people with leukemia. Learning about medical care for this disease can help you take an active part in making choices about your care.

You can read this booklet from front to back. Or, you can read only the sections you need right now.

This booklet has lists of questions that you may want to ask your doctor. Many people find it helpful to take a list of questions to a doctor visit. To help remember what your doctor says, you can take notes. You may also want to have a family member or friend go with you when you talk with the doctor—to take notes, ask questions, or just listen.