What You Need To Know About™ Leukemia

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This booklet is about leukemia. Leukemia is cancer of the blood and bone marrow (the soft material in the center of most bones). Learning about medical care for your cancer can help you take an active part in making choices about your care.

The booklets in the What You Need To Know About™ Cancer series will be retired on June 1, 2018. You can find accurate and up-to-date information about over 100 cancer types in the PDQ® cancer treatment information summaries for patients.

NCI’s Contact Center can help you find information about many types of cancer. Reach our information specialists by phone, chat, or email.

This book covers:

  • Basics about blood cells and leukemia
  • Types of doctors who treat leukemia
  • Treatments for leukemia, including cancer treatment research studies

This booklet has lists of questions that can help you talk with your doctor. Many people find it helpful to take a list of questions to a doctor visit.

The information in this booklet was last updated in September 2013.