General Leukemia Information

Leukemia is a type of blood cancer that is categorized by cancer of the blood cells. With this type of cancer, the cancerous blood cells develop and overcrowd the healthy blood cells in the bone marrow. There are different types of this cancer, based on whether the cancer is classified as acute or chronic, whether the cancer has occurred in an adult or child, and whether it is myeloid or lymphocytic.

Leukemia is classified as being acute when it gets worse rapidly and chronic when the cancer is slower-growing and gets worse gradually over time. Another factor in classifying this type of cancer is the type of bone marrow cells that are affected. Myeloid, or myelogenous, leukemia begins in the early myeloid cells, which are the cells that can become white blood cells (but not lymphocytes), red blood cells, or platelet-making cells. Lymphocytic, or lymphoblastic, leukemia starts in the white blood cells that become lymphocytes. The most common type of childhood leukemia is acute lymphocytic (ALL), per the American Cancer Society. 

At Tampa General Hospital, we treat all other forms of blood cancer in our Hematology/Oncology Clinic. TGH’s cancer specialists have the resources and skills necessary to properly diagnose, evaluate, and treat all forms of leukemia and the related symptoms this blood cancer can cause. We utilize the latest treatment options to achieve the best possible results for our patients.

If you have been diagnosed with leukemia and would like to be connected with a TGH hematology oncologist, please call (813) 844-2200.