Leukemia is a type of cancer that starts in blood-forming tissue such as the bone marrow and causes large numbers of blood cells to be produced and enter the bloodstream. An estimated 44,790 new cases of leukemia were diagnosed in the United States in 2009.
For more information, visit the National Cancer Institute’s page on leukemia: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/leukemia.
Treatment at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
Leukemia patients at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center are seen in the center’s Hematology-Oncology Clinic, located on the second floor of The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital. The Hematology-Oncology Clinic providesaccess to a team of dedicated physicians who specialize in the research and treatment of both acute and chronic leukemia.
Hematology & Oncology Clinic
The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, 2nd Floor
2000 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Leukemia Research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is a nationally recognized leader in the field of leukemia research and actively conducts clinical trials for both acute and chronic leukemia patients.
The Cancer Center has been involved in several clinical trials of Clofarabine, an anti-leukemia drug developed here in Birmingham. Many of these examine the drug’s effects on patients older than 60. Much leukemia research is also done through UAB’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, which is one of the 10 largest in the country.
Related Services at UAB
Resources and Information about Leukemia
To Become a Patient
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