Leukemia is cancer that starts in the tissues that form blood. Usually, leukemia involves the production of abnormal white blood cells -- the cells that help the body fight infection. Leukemia occurs most often in adults older than 55, but it is also the most common cancer in children younger than 15. Not all leukemias are the same. Treatment options, as well as outlooks (prognosis), vary depending on the type.
At Virginia Oncology Associates, our blood cancer specialists, called hematologists, are here to guide you and your family every step of the way. We invite you to explore these pages to learn more about the disease, including types, diagnosis, and treatment options. We are here to provide support and answer any questions you have about leukemia.