At Scott & White, You’re Treated as a Person, Not a Diagnosis
- Our Tumor Board Sets Us Apart
As a leukemia patient at Scott & White, in addition to having a highly experienced Integrated Care Team, you’ll also benefit from the expertise of the Scott & White Tumor Board.
Led by senior staff, our multidisciplinary board consists of blood malignancy experts who discuss available approaches to care and formulate patient-specific treatment plans. This treatment planning helps ensure you receive the highest quality, individualized care.
Our patients benefit by having a large group of doctors and a team review their cases together to come up with a consensus plan. Even though, of course, it's tailored to them specifically.
Because leukemia is cancer of your white blood cells — and because there are many different types and subtypes of leukemia — its treatment can be complex. The clinical care and management of leukemia requires a knowledgeable and highly skilled team of hematologists and oncologists.
You’ve got them right here.
Our team of experts has the training and expertise required to offer you an accurate, quick response to your leukemia. We have the highest level of skill and experience available in the state. You can have confidence in us.
As a Scott & White patient, you’ll also benefit from having a multidisciplinary team — your Integrated Care Team — working together to provide you with the best care possible at all stages of your cancer treatment.
The members of your Integrated Care Team bring together the collective skill and expertise from all the specialties and subspecialties involved in your care, which can include:
- Blood stem cell transplant group
- Bone marrow transplant group
- Radiation oncology
- Pediatric hematology
- Oncology social work
- And any other specialties necessary to your care
Integrated Care Team members receive training in the most up-to-date surgical, radiation and medical therapies. And because Scott & White is a research institute and a teaching hospital, our oncologists can offer you the most advanced treatments available. We lead the way in developing new therapies.
Collaborative Care and Expertise Help Ensure the Best Outcome for You
Sophisticated cancer care takes teamwork. That’s why Scott & White promotes a collaborative environment.
Your Integrated Care Team will met to discuss your specific needs and determine the best treatment options for you to consider. Then your lead physician will talk with you and, if you’d like, your family, about the team’s recommendations.
Together, you and your lead physician will decide which treatment choice is best for you.
Throughout your treatment, your physicians will continue to meet regularly to discuss your care. This ongoing, close collaboration helps ensure the best outcome for you.
Following active treatment, your Integrated Care Team will work with you to create the most appropriate follow-up care plan.
Your Treatment Options
At Scott & White, we explore every treatment option. In many cases, your leukemia treatment will include a combination of approaches. Treatment options are specific to the type of leukemia:
- Acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Acute myeloid leukemia
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Chronic myeloid leukemia
Find out more information on treatment approaches for leukemia:
- Allogeneic Blood Stem-Cell Transplant
- Targeted Therapies
- Radiation Therapy
- Clinical Trials
At Scott & White, treatment goals for leukemia generally are centered on inducing remission.
Factors That Impact Your Treatment
Your treatment options for leukemia generally depend on these factors:
- Which type and subtype of leukemia you have
- Whether you have symptoms
- How fast your leukemia is advancing
- Your age and general health
- Your personal preference
When I see patients, they do tend to have a lot of questions—a lot of unanswered questions at that point—and so the first appointment tends to be a fairly extensive appointment, at which time we talk about the disease, the disease process, what to expect, and what we can do to help them.