The three major types of blood cancer are lymphoma (Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), leukemia and multiple myeloma. All three involve an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells within the blood and bone marrow. This affects the way the body makes blood and provides immunity. In leukemia the cancer cells are mainly in the bone marrow and blood although they may spread to other places. Lymphomas are mainly in lymph nodes or other organs. Myeloma cells are generally found in the bone marrow; they can form a mass, or plasmacytoma, that involves the bone or soft tissue. Survival rates for people with blood cancers have doubled over the past 30 years because of more effective treatments, particularly radiation and chemotherapy.
Legacy ranks among the nation's top cancer programs and has received multiple quality awards including the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons' Commission (ACS) on Cancer. The ACS ranks Legacy's cancer program as one of the best in the nation.
- Chemotherapy is usually the cornerstone of treatment for blood cancers.
- Radiation therapy may be used for localized disease (in only one area) or to shrink a tumor that is compressing a vital body structure.
- Autologous Blood Stem Cell Transplant -- For our patients with Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, or multiple myeloma, a stem cell transplant may be an option. Legacy Cancer Institute is a nationally accredited autologous (using your own cells) transplant center. We have been performing autologous transplants for more than 20 years. Our one-year survival rates are more than 95 percent.
You're not alone
At the Legacy Cancer Institute we offer services to support every aspect of your treatment including your physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. We offer a wide range of support services to help you and your family. If you need help just ask us, and we'll help you find the support you need.
Our personalized support services begin with our nurse navigators. They will help you throughout your treatment, from knowing what to expect to finding the right support services and helping you manage symptoms and treatment side effects.
In addition, the following support services are also available:
Andrew Kee, M.D., radiation oncologist
Gerald Segal, M.D., medical oncologist and medical director, stem cell transplant program