Capital Health Cancer Center offers a new leukemia and lymphoma program under the guidance of Dr. Neel Gandhi, a fellowship trained hematologist/medical oncologist. With Dr. Gandhi's fellowship training at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA, he possesses a high academic level of expertise and experience in treating these complicated diseases.
Those who have chronic leukemia most likely do not experience any symptoms, which makes it very challenging to diagnose. In our new multidisciplinary program at Capital Health, we are hoping to find new ways to offer earlier detection which will provide our patients more successful outcomes. Our multidisciplinary team includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, infectious disease nurses, blood bank, laboratory, radiology and diagnostic services professionals to provide a comprehensive program for patients and referring physicians.
According to the National Cancer Institute, most blood cells develop from cells in bone marrow, which creates three types of blood cells: white blood cells that fight infection, red blood cells that carry oxygen and platelets that form clots to control bleeding. Leukemia occurs when bone marrow makes abnormal white blood cells that crowd the normal blood cells, making it hard for them to serve their purpose.
If chronic leukemia is detected early, treatment can slow the ability of the leukemia cells to multiply and crowd healthy blood cells and reduce the symptoms that are experienced if the disease is detected late.
Leukemia can only be diagnosed through a biopsy, physical exam, or a blood test. Treatment options can include, but are not limited to, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, biological therapy, radiation therapy and watchful waiting through regular check-ups.
Certain risk factors can increase the chance that a person will get leukemia. Some of these factors include family history, Down's syndrome, smoking, exposure to high levels of radiation or benzene, or chemotherapy.