Leukemia and Lymphoma
Leukemia is a cancer that usually involves the white blood cells, which are produced by the body's bone marrow. There are several types of leukemia and it is vital for patients to receive an accurate diagnosis so that their treatment is appropriate for the type they have.
Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma are two other cancers that significantly affect the body's immune system and compromise a person's ability to fight infection. As with leukemia, an accurate diagnosis is critical so that a patient receives the right type of treatment.
In addition to leukemia and lymphoma, Virginia Mason has expertise in treating multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells. Multiple myeloma is considered generally incurable, but with targeted treatment, long-term remissions are possible.
Specialists Provide the Best Care
Patients with blood disorders are seen at Virginia Mason by a multidisciplinary team that includes a hematologist, who specializes in diagnosing and treating blood disorders, and a hematopathologist, who is an expert in the progression of blood diseases.
In addition, Virginia Mason's Hematology Tumor Board — which includes experts from medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology and hemapathology — review individual cases. These physicians are joined by other specialists as needed, including those with expertise in autologous stem cell transplants and geneticists who look at hereditary factors.
Together, the experts and specialists at Virginia Mason develop a unique plan of treatment for each patient who is presented at the tumor board that addresses the particular aspects of their disease. The care team will then carefully follow the patient from diagnosis through treatment and recovery.
State-of-the-Art Leukemia and Lymphoma Treatment
Radiation, chemotherapy, bone-marrow transplants and immunotherapy are all options in the treatment of blood disorders. Virginia Mason has the latest treatment options available and is ready to provide each patient with state-of-the-art care. With an accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment plan, patients have the best chance of recovering their health.
Rapid Response and Personal Guidance
Efforts are made to see that patients with urgent medical problems are seen by the appropriate subspecialist with undue delay after they call for an appointment. If cancer is diagnosed, a cancer care team member can answer questions and coordinate treatment. In addition, social workers and financial counselors can help patients with any concerns they have about the impact of treatment on their work and family life.
Virginia Mason is relentlessly devoted to providing excellent healthcare. This commitment includes conducting clinical research studies that may improve the way we diagnose, treat and prevent disease. Benaroya Research Institute oversees all clinical research at Virginia Mason, uniquely combining the expertise of a world-renowned medical research institute with the remarkable care of a healthcare quality leader.
For more than 20 years, the goal of our clinical research program has been to provide each of our patients with a research option at every step of their disease, from initial diagnosis to long-term follow-up. Our trials include the use of chemotherapy, radiation and targeted therapies, as well quality of life/symptom management trials. Learn more about our current leukemia and lymphoma clinical trials.
Wellness and Rehabilitation
Patient needs are continually assessed and addressed to minimize the effect of blood disorders on overall health and happiness. We enhance our patients' quality of life — in treatment and recovery — through an emphasis on wellness and rehabilitation, including recommendations and support for nutrition and exercise. Our cancer care team can help with specific requests for support concerning work and family life.
To learn more about the care Virginia Mason provides for blood disorders or to schedule an appointment, please call (206) 223-6193.