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Leukemia and Lymphoma Cancer Care

Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells. Lymphoma (Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s) is cancer that starts in the bone marrow or lymph system (part of the body’s immune system). These and other less-common cancers are considered related because they involve the uncontrolled growth of cells with similar functions and origins. They account for nearly 10 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in the United States.

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There are many different types of leukemia and lymphoma. Treatment depends upon the specific type of disease you have. Innovations in anti-cancer drugs (chemotherapy) have led to dramatic improvements in treating these types of cancer.

Among the tools Sacred Heart’s cancer team uses to treat leukemia and lymphoma are:

  • Close collaboration with hematopathologists. These are pathologists who specialize in diagnosing diseases of the blood. Successful treatment of lymphoma and leukemia starts with expert diagnosis of the disease sub-type.
  • The latest chemotherapy medications.
  • New radiation therapy technology and techniques.
  • Breakthrough treatments available only through clinical trials.

Treatment Locations

Most or all of the care you will need to diagnose and treat lymphoma and leukemia is available on the RiverBend medical campus from Sacred Heart and its partners in cancer care.

  • Surgery and certain inpatient and outpatient treatments are provided at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are provided to outpatients at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center, which has offices at RiverBend and on Country Club Road in Eugene. Chemotherapy is also available in the Regional Infusion Center at Sacred Heart, University District.
  • Imaging (radiology) is provided to outpatients at Oregon Imaging Centers, which has offices on the RiverBend campus and throughout Eugene and Springfield.
 
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