The types of leukemia are grouped based on the type of white blood cell that is affected.
Leukemia can start in lymphoid cells or myeloid cells. Leukemia that affects lymphoid cells is called lymphoid, lymphocytic, or lymphoblastic leukemia. Leukemia that affects myeloid cells is called myeloid, myelogenous, or myeloblastic leukemia.
Hairy cell leukemia is a rare type of leukemia. Abnormal B-lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) are present in the bone marrow, spleen, and peripheral blood. When viewed under a microscope, these cells appear to be covered with tiny hair-like projections.
Here is what you might expect at your first visit with a hematologic oncologist. The team at WVCI has put together this guide to help you through the next steps.
The hematologists at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute understand that a leukemia diagnosis can come along with many questions. This is why our expert oncologists are committed to providing patients with the most advanced treatments for all types of cancers of the blood, including leukemia. Our blood cancer specialists are at a location convenient to you in Albany, Corvallis, Eugene, Florence, Newport, and Lincoln City. We’re here to answer all your questions and help you every step of the way.