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Leukemia

Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in the Delaware Valley and Florida

Locations & Doctors Who Treat Leukemia

 
Delaware

Wilmington

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (800) 416-4441

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New Jersey

Voorhees

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Voorhees

443 Laurel Oak Road
Therapy Services (Suite 200)
Pediatric Specialty Services (Suite 230)
Voorhees, NJ 08043
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For Appointments: (800) 416-4441

Hours: Fourth Friday each month; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Philadelphia

833 Chestnut St. E., Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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For Appointments: (800) 416-4441

Hours: Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Lancaster

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Lancaster

2128 Embassy Drive, Suite A
Lancaster, PA 17603
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Hours: Hours vary; please call
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Florida

Orlando

Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando

13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

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Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Orlando

1717 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32806
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Melbourne

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Melbourne

1270 N. Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

Hours: Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Jacksonville

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville

807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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For Appointments: (904) 697-3789

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Pensacola

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Pensacola

5153 N. Ninth Ave.
Pensacola, FL 32504
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For Appointments: (850) 505-4790

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time)
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About Pediatric Leukemia

Colin was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) when he was 8 years old.

Pediatric leukemia is the name for a group of cancers that occur when white blood cells (also called “WBCs” or “leukocytes”) in the body reproduce abnormally. The cancer begins in the bone marrow — the soft tissue inside the bones responsible for producing blood cells, including white blood cells (which fight infections), red blood cells (which carry oxygen) and platelets (which clot blood). When these abnormal cells (also known as “blasts”) reproduce, they crowd out the healthy blood cells and affect how the body works.

As a group, leukemia accounts for nearly 30 percent of all pediatric cancers — affecting more than 3,500 children in the United States each year.

At the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, a Children’s Oncology Group (COG) member institution, our renowned oncologists, hematologists and researchers work together to diagnose and treat all types of leukemia in children and adolescents.


Types of Childhood Leukemia We Treat

There are different types of leukemia, classified as either acute (fast growing) or chronic (slow growing). Most pediatric leukemias are acute. It’s not clear what causes leukemia, although many cases result from random changes (or “mutations”) in certain genes. With appropriate treatment, children diagnosed with most types of leukemia can become disease-free without relapse. 

 
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or “ALL,” (also called “acute lymphocytic leukemia” or “lymphoid leukemia”) is the most common leukemia in children and young adults and one of the most treatable. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia affects the development of immature white cells called “lymphocytes” (B-lymphocytes and T-lymphocytes).

 
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

Acute myeloid leukemia, or “AML,” (also called acute myelogenous or myeloblastic leukemia) occurs when too many white blood cells (called myeloid blasts) reproduce and then fail to mature properly. There are different subtypes of acute myeloid leukemia named for the different cells impacted.

 
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)

Chronic myelogenous leukemia, or “CML,” (also called “chronic myeloid leukemia”) is a rare pediatric leukemia that occurs when there are too many mature white blood cells. Chronic myelogenous leukemia has been linked to a genetic chromosomal abnormality.

 
Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML)

Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, or “JMML,” is a rare form of leukemia that usually occurs in young children under 2 years old. It happens when too many white blood cells called “myelocytes” and “monocytes” are produced by immature (“stem”) blood cells. While there is no known cause, we believe children with neurofibromatosis (type 1) and Noonan’s syndrome are at a higher risk for developing JMML.

Diagnosing Leukemia in Children

Signs & Symptoms of Leukemia

Signs and symptoms of leukemia in children vary, and may be caused by other less serious conditions. Symptoms of leukemia commonly include:

  • anemia
  • bleeding/bruising
  • frequent fevers/infections
  • joint or bone pain
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • excessive tiredness
  • abdominal pain
  • poor appetite/weight loss

Testing & Evaluations

If your child possibly has leukemia, Nemours’ experienced cancer care team works together to appropriately diagnose and classify the disease through a variety of tests and procedures, including:

  • thorough physical examination and medical history
  • blood tests
  • lumbar puncture (also called a “spinal tap”)
  • lymph node biopsy (via surgery or minimally invasive interventional radiology)
  • bone marrow biopsy and aspiration

Treating & Caring for Children With Leukemia

Your Child's Comprehensive Leukemia Care Team

If we discover leukemia, our multidisciplinary (collaborative) team plans the most effective treatment personalized to your child’s needs. In addition to an experienced, compassionate cancer coordinator (a nurse who provides your child and family support, education and care coordination), Nemours’ pediatric cancer teams include:

  • oncologists (cancer specialists)
  • hematologists (specialists in blood disorders)
  • pathologists (diagnose diseases by examining body tissues, fluids and organs)
  • geneticists (perform genetic counseling and testing)
  • radiologists (diagnose diseases through medical imaging)
  • radiation oncologists (specialists in radiation therapy treatment)
  • interventional radiologists (perform image-guided minimally-invasive procedures)
  • behavioral health specialists (psychologists and psychiatrists)
  • registered dietitians (nutrition specialists)
  • oncology nurses (registered nurses specializing in cancer) 

Your care team is here to provide your family with ongoing support and follow-up. We always include you in the entire process, because we truly believe in the healing power of families and that you know your child best.

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Innovative Childhood Leukemia Treatment at Nemours

Treating childhood leukemia depends on your child’s age, overall health, extent of the disease and other factors. Nemours offers advanced and innovative childhood cancer treatments and approaches (called “modalities”) not available at other children’s hospitals. We may use one or a combination of modalities that include:

For your child’s overall health and wellness, we also prescribe:

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Additional Resources & Support for Families

 
Nemours Support Services

Dealing with childhood cancer is difficult for your child and family. But you don’t have to go through it alone. Nemours provides an array of support services that begin on the very first day we meet, and continues throughout your journey because at Nemours, your child and family become part of our own.

Our services include: 
  • patient and family education
  • social work
  • mental health counseling
  • Child Life services
  • survivorship programs
  • support groups
 
Trusted National Leukemia Resources

American Childhood Cancer Organization — Leukemias: The site provides a wealth of information and support resources for children and teens with blood cancers.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: This organization is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, and promotes the research, prevention and treatment of heart, lung and blood diseases.

 
Blood & Bone Marrow Resources

Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network: BMTinfonet.org provides information and support for patients and families before, during and after transplant.

The Bone Marrow Foundation: They offer information on financial assistance and resources to bone marrow/stem cell transplant patients and their families. 

Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR): The center disseminates information on blood and marrow transplant research.

National Marrow Donor Program: The site contains info about marrow and cord blood donation and transplantation.

National Bone Marrow Transplant Link: The organization helps patients, caregivers and families cope with the social and emotional challenges of bone marrow/stem cell transplantation, from diagnosis through survivorship. They provide information and personalized support services.

Appointments & Referrals

Delaware, Pennsylvania & New Jersey

(800) 416-4441


Florida
Jacksonville Area

(904) 697-3789

Orlando Area

(407) 650-7715

Pensacola Area

(850) 505-4790

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International
Patients

+1 (302) 651-4993

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