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Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Overview

  • When choosing a treatment center for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), you want a team of experienced and compassionate experts. The Adult Leukemia Program team at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) has extensive experience caring for patients with ALL and are world leaders in advancing the treatment of leukemia.

    Our team of experts concentrate exclusively on people with leukemia. While ALL is rare in adults, our Adult Leukemia Program cares for a high volume of patients with ALL and has experience caring for newly diagnosed and relapsed patients. Dana-Farber physicians are recognized as international leaders, and have helped establish standards for treating ALL in younger patients, ALL in older patients, ALL with the Philadelphia chromosome, and ALL that has come back after prior therapy.

    We collaborate closely with transplant physicians in our Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Program — one of the largest and most experienced stem cell transplant programs in the world.

    Expert Care and Treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

    • Ability to schedule your first appointment for as soon as the next day for newly diagnosed patients. We recognize that beginning treatment quickly is very important for patients with ALL.
    • Specialized program with expertise in cutting-edge leukemia diagnostics, treatment planning, management of therapy and complications.
    • Care plans tailored to the needs of each patient, from the first meeting through long-term monitoring. Expertise in caring for:
      • Young adults with ALL
      • Older adults with ALL
      • Adults with Philadelphia chromosome-positive ALL
      • Relapsed and refractory disease
    • Active clinical research program with clinical trials available for newly diagnosed and relapsed ALL patients based on age, disease sub-type, and treatment phase.
    • Close collaboration with our internationally recognized bone marrow/stem cell transplantation program.
    • Second opinion consultation for patients and physicians, nationally and internationally.
    • Access to the latest diagnostics, such as molecular and genomic profiling, including the Rapid Heme Panel, available only to patients at DF/BWCC.
    • The full expertise of two renowned medical centers: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

    We Treat You, Not Just Your Cancer

    Our entire team is here to support you throughout treatment and during recovery. You and your family have access to our full range of support services such as nutrition, social work, geriatrics, the Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living, the Young Adult Program, and survivorship .