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Leukemia Treatment at the University of Colorado Cancer Center

If you or one of your family members has been diagnosed with leukemia, you’ll need a knowledgeable, trusted team of experts.

Armed with the latest in research and technology, the University of Colorado Cancer Center fights alongside you against this disease.

Tailored treatment, custom care

Leukemia is one of our specialties. You won’t find any one-size-fits-all solutions here. Our expert team of highly-skilled doctors and support professionals tailor treatment, care and support to each unique individual. The same team stays with you throughout your journey, from initial testing and support to treatment and aftercare.

Our dedication to a cure for cancer is unwavering. That’s why our 5-year survival rates are up to 30% higher than state, regional and national averages.

To begin your journey with a committed and caring team of leukemia experts, call us today at (720) 848-0300.

Kimberly Emerson's stem cell treatment at UCH

Kimberly Emerson, a mother of six, suffered too many bouts of fatigue to be ignored. She went to her doctor and was stunned to learn that she had acute myeloid leukemia. Her doctor's advice? "Go to UCH."

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What is leukemia?

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood cells, which are produced in the bone marrow, the spongy center of bones.

Normally, blood cells are made in an orderly, controlled way. In a person with leukemia, the bone marrow makes abnormal white blood cells, called leukemia cells.

Unlike normal blood cells, leukemia cells either reproduce too rapidly or don't die when they should. They may crowd out normal white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. This makes it hard for normal blood cells to do their work, which is to fight infections and prevent bleeding.

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Leukemia at a Glance

  • 259,889 people in the United States currently are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia.
  • More than 40,000 new cases of leukemia are diagnosed in the United States each year.
  • People can get leukemia at any age, but the median age at diagnosis is 66.
  • The five-year relative survival rate has nearly quadrupled in the past 49 years for leukemia patients.

Source: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

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