About Leukemia

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood cells. It starts in the bone marrow, the soft, spongy inner part of certain bones. The cancerous cells in leukemia are the white blood cells (leukocytes).
About 31,000 new cases of leukemia are diagnosed in the United States each year. Acute myelogenous leukemia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia are the most common types in adults.
The leukemia team at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute includes specialists in the major blood cancers, including:

  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Acute promyelocytic leukemia
  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia