Treatment Options

At UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, leukemia patients have access to every effective treatment option, delivered by the most experienced specialists in the region.

Treatment for leukemia often includes a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and sometimes transplantation. Our leukemia program is unparalleled in the region, offering particular expertise in: 

  • Chemotherapy, which delivers drugs through the bloodstream to reach cancer cells throughout the body. Chemotherapy generally involves several rounds of treatments, spread out over months.
  • Radiation therapy, which is sometimes given to leukemia patients as part of a multidisciplinary treatment regimen. It can be used to destroy leukemia cells, to relieve pain, or to help prepare a patient for a transplant.
  • Adoptive immunotherapy, which involves manipulating a patient’s or donor’s immune system so it attacks cancer cells. Cells are collected from a patient or donor, sometimes genetically modified in the laboratory, and then given back to the patient so they can better fight the leukemia.
  • Bone marrow transplantation, which destroys harmful cells and replaces the harmful cells with healthy cells from a donor. UT Southwestern has the top survival rate for bone marrow transplants in Texas.
  • Molecular targeted therapies, which include first identifying the cell mutations causing the disease, and then administering drugs to attack those particular cell mutations.

Our team of leukemia experts works with each individual patient to come up with a personalized treatment plan. Because some types of leukemia can progress quickly due to genetic defects in cancer cells, we test for these defects in every patient before deciding on a course of treatment. 

In addition to our standard leukemia treatment, our team leads many groundbreaking clinical trials that provide access to treatments available only at top cancer centers. Please talk with your doctor if you’re interested in one of our trials.

After Treatment

There is life after leukemia. Our comprehensive support services help you through your treatment journey and beyond.

Request an Appointment

To schedule a visit with a leukemia specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.