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When you or a loved one is facing leukemia or a related blood disorder, you need care from specialists who offer the most expertise and best treatment options available. At Atrium Health Levine Cancer, that’s exactly what you get.

From diagnosis through survivorship, our leading team of experts delivers comprehensive cancer care at more than 25 locations. We offer access to the latest and most promising treatments, including clinical trials and stem cell or bone marrow transplant, and we’re ready to guide you through care designed for your healthiest future.

Why choose Levine Cancer?

  • Expertly tailored care: We understand that you’re unique, and your care should be too. That’s why our experienced leukemia doctors customize treatment for your personal needs and preferences.
  • Team approach: At every step of your journey, you benefit from the expertise of multiple highly trained specialists working together to help you achieve the best outcome.
  • Complete support: We treat the whole you – body and mind. With the region’s most extensive cancer support and survivorship programs, we offer every resource you may need to focus on healing.
  • Innovative treatments: Our comprehensive, FACT-accredited transplant and cellular therapy center was the first of its kind in the region, offering early access to leukemia treatment options like bone marrow transplant and CAR T-cell therapy.
  • Research and clinical trials: Our physicians are at the forefront of research to advance leukemia treatment. And whenever possible, we match patients with clinical trials of promising new therapies.
  • National recognition: Our cancer program has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for quality care. And we’re designated as a Center of Excellence by the MDS Foundation for our expertise and research in myelodysplastic syndromes.

Types of leukemia we treat

We have deep experience treating acute and chronic leukemias, as well as related diseases such as myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative disorders (neoplasms).

Some of the conditions we treat include:

  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  • Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL)
  • Aplastic anemia, including severe aplastic anemia (SAA)
  • Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML)
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
  • Hairy cell leukemia (HCL)
  • Large granular lymphocytic (LGL) leukemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)/myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN)
  • Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)
  • Systemic mastocytosis (SM)

Leukemia diagnosis and testing

The most effective treatment starts with a precise diagnosis. Our experts have experience using a variety of tools to accurately diagnose leukemia and determine its type and subtype.

Some diagnostic tests for leukemia include:

  • Physical exam: Your doctor will look for physical signs of leukemia, like swelling in your lymph nodes, liver or spleen.
  • Blood tests: We use several types of blood testing to diagnose leukemia. Often, the first test we use is a complete blood count, which might show abnormally high or low blood cell counts.
  • Bone marrow biopsy: During this procedure, we take a small sample of bone marrow fluid and/or tissue, usually from the hip area, to check cells for signs of cancer.
  • Genetic tests: Certain genetic tests can look for signs of cancer in your genes to help make a diagnosis. Others can check your genes for signs that you may be at risk for cancer in the future.
  • Imaging tests: Imaging such as X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, CT and PET scans may be used to check whether leukemia has affected different parts of your body.
  • Spinal tap: During a spinal tap (or lumbar puncture), your provider places a special needle into your lower back to take a small sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF can be tested to find out if leukemia has spread to your spinal cord or brain.

Leukemia treatments 

Cancers of the blood and bone marrow are complex and require individualized treatment. We offer the full range of leukemia treatment options, and our team has the experience to select the right therapies for the best possible outcome.

Your personalized treatment plan may include:

  • Chemotherapy: These powerful medications shrink or destroy leukemia cells. Chemo may be given as a pill or through an IV.
  • Immunotherapy: These drug therapies, also called biologic therapy, activate your immune system to fight leukemia cells. They can also help ease side effects caused by other treatments.
  • Targeted therapy: These medicines attack the specific genes or proteins that leukemia cells need to grow. They’re taken daily as pills.
  • Radiation therapy: Powerful, high-energy beams are used to target cancer cells and stop their growth. This is most often used when there’s a collection of leukemia cells in one area of your body. It may also be used to prepare for bone marrow transplant.
  • Bone marrow transplant: Also known as stem cell transplant, this treatment replaces diseased cells with healthy blood stem cells. We’ve performed over 1,000 transplants, including autologous (self), allogenic (full-match) and haploidentical half-matched transplants.
  • CAR T-cell therapy: This cellular therapy supercharges your blood cells to fight cancer. We were among the first cancer programs nationwide to offer CAR T-cell therapy for blood cancer, including certain types of leukemia.
  • Active surveillance: Your doctor may recommend this if you’re diagnosed with a slow-growing disease and you have no symptoms. Also known as watchful waiting, we closely monitor your condition and start treatment if anything changes.

Research and clinical trials

Clinical trials give you more opportunities to find the best treatment for you. At Levine Cancer, you get access to groundbreaking treatments through the latest and most innovative clinical trials.

We regularly participate in studies with the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research and the Blood & Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network. And we’ve assembled an expert team of scientists in the James G. Cannon Research Center who are pursuing more effective, less toxic therapies for leukemia patients.

Learn more about our research and clinical trials.

Cancer support and survivorship programs 

Cancer affects every part of your life, and the care process can feel confusing and overwhelming – often involving physical, financial and emotional challenges for you and your family. From diagnosis through recovery, we offer comprehensive support to make your journey easier.

Our team can help you navigate treatment decisions, manage side effects, improve strength, cope with emotional challenges and more.

Learn more about our cancer support and survivorship programs.

For referring providers

When you refer a patient to Levine Cancer, we keep you involved and informed throughout the treatment process. Then, we’ll work closely with you to transition them back to your care.

To make a referral, call 980-442-2000.

Our providers 

Our board-certified hematologists and oncologists treat all types of leukemia. Below, meet our leukemia doctors and find the right one for you. If you have been diagnosed with CLL, find a CLL provider here.

Frequently asked questions