Leukemia is a disorder involving blood cells. Healthy cells form in the bone marrow and mature into red blood cells (to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues), white blood cells (to fight infections) and platelets (to stop bleeding).
In patients with leukemia, these cells do not mature as they should or they transform into irregular blood cells that do not function normally. As abnormal cells build up in the bone marrow and bloodstream, the patient may experience anemia, susceptibility to infections and bleeding that does not clot due to the lack of functional red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
Leukemia occurs most often in adults older than 55, but it is also the most common cancer in children younger than 15.
City of Hope has been named a best hospital for cancer by U.S. News & World Report for over a decade. As a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, our doctors also help develop and improve evidence-based leukemia treatment guidelines for patients throughout the country.
A multidisciplinary team of specialists – including hematologists, medical and radiation oncologists, scientists, supportive care experts, and other professionals – who work together to provide coordinated, personalized care for you and your loved ones.
The Gehr Family Center for Leukemia is home to a team of basic scientists whose laboratory research focuses on furthering our understanding of the causes of leukemia (leukemogenesis) and developing new disease-specific therapeutics.
Comprehensive molecular profiling and risk assessment tests that can help identify treatments that will produce the best outcomes.
Monzr M. Al Malki, M.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology at City of Hope.
Duarte - Main Campus; Lennar Foundation Cancer Center
Ibrahim T. Aldoss, M.D., is a hematologist-oncologist and board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology. His clinical expertise is in acute lymphoblastic leukemia and acute myeloid leukemia.
Stephen J. Forman, M.D., hematologist-oncologist, is a top cancer doctor for leukemia, lymphoma & bone marrow transplantation. He is also the director of the Hematologic Malignancies Research Institute & director of the T Cell Therapeutics Research Laboratory at City of Hope, Duarte, California.