Leukemia Treatment Program
Mass General Cancer Center
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Explore the Leukemia Treatment Program
Our program is internationally known for its level of expertise in all areas of diagnosis and care, access to clinical trials, and state-of-the-art transfusion and blood product support.
Among our key distinguishing factors are:
- Consultations with leading hematopathologists (doctors who examine tissue samples)
- Access to the Mass General Bone Marrow Transplant Program and to innovative therapies such as: umbilical cord blood transplantation and mismatched family member transplants
- Affiliation with the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Technology to increase understanding of different types of leukemia at the stem cell level
- Innovative care for newly diagnosed and relapsed patients
- Compassionate and personalized care for all patients
Multidisciplinary Patient Care
Every patient treated at the Center for Leukemia has a team of specialists that coordinates every aspect of his or her care. Leukemia is treated, in most cases, with chemotherapy alone, managed by medical oncologists. The medical hematologists/oncologists at the Center for Leukemia each have a high level of sub-specialization. Patients are matched with hematologists/oncologists who have distinct expertise in treating their particular type of cancer.
The Center for Leukemia is closely affiliated with the Bone Marrow Transplant Program, where innovative techniques such as umbilical cord blood transfusion and the ability to conduct a transplant with a mismatched family donor offer more options to patients.
Expertise in Diagnosing and Staging Cancers
Effective treatment and good outcomes depend on an accurate diagnosis. The hematopathologists at the Center for Leukemia are world-renowned for their expertise in the diagnosis of various types of leukemia. Due to its reputation, our pathology department examines a large number of tissue samples. This amount enables each pathologist to develop a specialized knowledge, keep up-to-date on new research, and offer second opinions.
The pathology department has state-of-the art technology, including:
- Advanced microscopy with the highest level of magnification available
- Flow cytometry technology that allows for the detection of minimal residual disease
- A broad range of histochemical analyses
- Cytogenetics technologies that examine the chromosomes of cells from samples of peripheral blood, bone marrow, or lymph nodes
- Molecular evaluation techniques of cancer cells that deliver more precise diagnoses and offer new options for treatment.
Clinical trials are research studies of new drugs, new combinations of drugs or already approved drugs being studied to treat patients in new/different ways. They may include new drug doses or new ways (schedules) to give the drugs. Clinical trials are run under strict guidelines. Their purpose is to help find out whether new cancer treatments are safe and effective or better than the standard (current) treatment. At Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, there are several clinical trials open for the treatment of leukemia that use the latest in cancer treatments.
Cancer is increasingly becoming a disease in which the genetic make-up of each individual cancer drives therapy. The Center for Leukemia also has access to clinical trials involving these targeted therapy approaches.
Meet the Team
Every patient treated at the Center for Leukemia has a multidisciplinary team of specialists that coordinates every aspect of his or her care.
- Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
- Program Director, Center for Leukemia
- Clinical Director, Leukemia Service
- Assistant in Medicine
Patient Education & Resources
Leukemia is a type of cancer consisting of certain white blood cells made in the bone marrow that grow out of control and spread throughout the blood stream.
Hematologic Malignancy Genetics Program
Helps to identify & provide care for families that have hereditary risk for blood cancers.
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
Learn about Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
Learn about Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML).
Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders
Learn about Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders/Myeloproliferative Neoplasms.
Bone Marrow Transplant Program
Learn about the Cancer Center's Bone Marrow Transplant Program.
Preparing for Your Visit
A checklist of items to bring with you for your first visit and helpful information.
Honors & Awards
View leukemia team members honored for their commitment to the fight against cancer.
Amir T. Fathi, MD
"Dr. Fathi helped us digest an enormous amount of information that was foreign to us. He gave us his undivided attention explaining and answering our many questions in his kind, supportive manner."
Ellen Fitzgerald, RN
Ellen Fitzgerald, RN is a fierce advocate for her patients, always coming up with the best solutions for the challenges they face.
Timothy Graubert, MD
Timothy Graubert, MD, is a leading researcher in the study of hematologic malignancies. Dr. Graubert’s laboratory seeks to gain insight into the biological basis of myeloid leukemias and to improve strategies for diagnosis, risk stratification and targeted therapy.
Steven McAfee, MD
"Everyone we came into contact with at the Mass General Cancer Center was wonderful to us. However, Dr. McAfee stands out as the most dedicated, caring and loving person I have ever met."
Fay brings her special brand of caring and competence to hundreds of patients in the Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Programs at the Mass General Cancer Center.
Caring For A Cure
Inspired by small acts of kindness, Caring For A Cure was founded by the nurses of the Mass General Adult Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant program with a goal to improve the journey of patients and families with cancer through research, resources, and awareness.
The Story Project
The Story Project is our effort to capture the stories from the people in our Mass General Cancer Center community.
Supportive Care Services
Our support programs can help patients and their families cope with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.
participated in Clinical Trials at the Mass General Cancer Center last year
This helped lead to new knowledge and breakthrough therapies.
Contact the Cancer Center
Contact the Mass General Cancer Center to make an appointment or to learn more about our programs.