Blood cancers, commonly known as leukemias and lymphomas, generally fall into two major categories based on the types of blood cells where they originate (myeloid or lymphoid) and whether they're located in the blood (leukemia) or in lymph nodes (lymphoma). These cancers—affecting the blood, bone marrow and lymph nodes—take many forms and often connect to each other through the body's immune system.
Although other forms of leukemia and related blood disorders exist, the main types include:
- Acute lymphoblastic (lymphocytic) leukemia (ALL)
- Acute myeloid (myelogenous) leukemia (AML)
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
- Chronic myeloid (myelogenous) leukemia (CML)
Encompassing a diverse group of diseases, lymphoma takes two primary forms:
Bone marrow disorders include:
- Multiple myeloma, a common blood cancer of plasma cells
- Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)
- Myeloproliferative disorders
- Aplastic anemia
Hematologists, the medical professionals who treat blood diseases, typically also treat blood cancers.
Your First Choice for Leukemia & Lymphoma Care
Choose Portsmouth Regional Hospital for comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care applied to a wide spectrum of blood diseases and blood cancers. You benefit from the collaboration of our experienced hematologists and medical oncologists who work together to customize your treatment plan and deliver care that offers the greatest potential for success.
Treatment Options for Leukemia & Lymphoma
Depending on your particular circumstances, your treatment options at Portsmouth Regional Hospital may include chemotherapy and/or biotherapy and infusion, as well as watchful waiting monitored by our multispecialty care team. In addition, we connect you with our healthcare partners who provide radiation therapy, and we work closely with major transplant centers if you need bone marrow transplant.
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Rehabilitation & Recovery
Support your recovery and regain function during and after cancer treatment by taking advantage of the extensive outpatient rehabilitation services available to you through Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Your overall recuperation, return to daily activities and outlook on life can also benefit from our services for palliative care, pain management, behavioral health and integrative care.