The Hematologic Malignancy Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is home to one of the top pediatric leukemia treatment programs in the world. Our pediatric hematologists/oncologists treat children with all types of childhood leukemia.
Our program has played a leading role in refining treatment for childhood leukemia, resulting in today's cure rates of more than 90 percent for ALL — and we continue to lead clinical trials designed to increase cure rates, decrease treatment-related side effects, and improve care for long-term survivors.
Overview of Leukemia in Children
Leukemia is cancer of the blood and develops in the bone marrow. It is the most common form of cancer in children.
- Leukemia affects about 3,800 children each year in the United States, accounting for about 30 percent of childhood cancers.
- Leukemia can occur at any age, although it is most common in children between two and six years old.
- The disease occurs slightly more frequently in boys than in girls and is more common in Caucasian children than in children of other races.