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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

For Patients & Families

Treatment Options by Disease Type

The treatment options for the management of leukemias, lymphomas and other blood malignancies are numerous and can vary from one centre to another, and especially from one country to another. Many factors are considered when trying to decide the best treatment for a patient, including:

  • age
  • other health conditions
  • specific features or behaviour of the patient's cancer
  • prior experience and results with each treatment in Vancouver
  • potential side effects of the treatments
  • patient preference (to some extent)

Diseases We Treat

This web site provides an overview of the basic treatment options for each disease that is treated by the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC. Patients should feel free to ask their nurse or physician for further details. The following diseases are treated at our Program:


  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
  • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)


  • Hodgkin's Disease (HD)
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL)


  • Multiple Myeloma (MM)
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
  • Severe Aplastic Anemia (SAA)
  • Testicular (Germ Cell) Tumours (GCT)

Patients should be aware that certain cancer treatments may not yet be available in Canada, even though they may be in common use in other countries.

Please note that the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC is only able to offer care to patients residing in Canada.

This site is intended to provide general information. In many cases the treatment of individual patients may differ from that described. At all times, patients should rely on the advice of their specialist, who is the only person with full information about their diagnosis and medical history.

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