Newly Diagnosed Leukemia? What You Should Know
If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with leukemia, you’re probably thinking hard about what to do next. Educating yourself about cancer and understanding your treatment options are good places to start. However, your most important decision is selecting where to get treatment.
Studies have shown that the first treatment you receive for leukemia is by far the most important. That’s why your first choice in a treatment center needs to be the right one.
- Patients who begin their treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) often have better outcomes than those who started treatment elsewhere.
- Everything you need is right here, including medical oncologists and hematologists who specialize in leukemia; the most advanced diagnostic, treatment, and recovery programs; and extensive support to help you cope with your cancer.
- SCCA is a world leader in leukemia research. For example, researchers here were among the first to treat people with acute promyelocytic leukemia without chemotherapy—an approach that is now being adopted worldwide. SCCA patients have access to the best standard of care available as well as advanced therapies and treatments being explored in some of the many ongoing clinical studies being conducted for leukemia.
- SCCA, Fred Hutch, and UW Medicine form the only National Cancer Institute–designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northwest.
Talk with your doctor about how much time you have to decide on a course of treatment. Depending on the specifics of your disease, doctors may need to start treatment very quickly or you may have time to consider your options and get a second opinion to help you decide on the best treatment for you. If you decide to get a second opinion, discuss it with your primary oncologist to ensure that any consulting doctor has timely access to your full medical information. Learn more about getting a second opinion.
Get Collaborative Care
At SCCA we view treatment as a collaborative effort. Your doctors will discuss all your options and recommend a treatment plan based on your type of cancer and how it has progressed. We’ll also consider your general health, lifestyle, and personal preferences. Once you’ve decided on a treatment plan, your team will continue to work closely with you throughout your care, both during treatment and afterward with follow-up visits.