Leukemia

A Leader in Diagnosing and Treating Leukemia

The hematopathologists at Hartford HealthCare are true experts in their field, with nationally-recognized reputations. Our leading-edge hematologic cancer treatments include extensive molecular studies that target drugs to specific mutations. It's hard to match this level of truly personalized cancer care, and the access to clinical trials with our partner Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Meet Our Leukemia Specialists

With improved medications and new medical technologies, we are expanding treatment possibilities for patients with hematologic cancers. Our compassionate care includes experienced oncology nurses, friendly laboratory technicians and convenient infusion services.


What Are Symptoms of Leukemia?

Symptoms depend on the type of leukemia, but common symptoms include:

  • A new lump or swollen gland in your neck, under your arm, or in your groin.
  • Frequent nosebleeds, bleeding from the gums or rectum, more frequent bruising, or very heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Frequent fevers.
  • Night sweats.
  • Bone pain.
  • Unexplained appetite loss or recent weight loss.
  • Feeling tired a lot without a known reason.
  • Swelling and pain on the left side of the belly.

What Are Types of Leukemia?

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
Hairy Cell Leukemia


What Are Treatments for Leukemia?

Most diagnoses of leukemia will require immediate treatment. Treatments for leukemia include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Stem cell transplant
  • Targeted therapy

What Are Risk Factors for Leukemia?

Your risk for leukemia is increased if:

  • You are middle-aged or older, male and white
  • You have been exposed to high levels of radiation
  • You have received chemotherapy or radiation treatment for a previous cancer
  • You have Down syndrome
  • You have been exposed to benzene or formaldehyde
  • You have a family history of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

How is Leukemia Diagnosed?

Leukemia is screened with blood tests. If the blood tests are not normal, a bone marrow biopsy will be ordered. The biopsy can confirm a leukemia diagnosis and will provide information about the type of leukemia and what treatments should be used.



Meet our Leukemia Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Baker, W. Jeffrey, MD
860.249.6291
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Willimantic
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Byeff, Peter David, MD
860.621.9316
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Southington
  • Bristol
  • Plainville
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Dekker, Paul Tunis, MD, FACP
860.258.2375
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wethersfield
  • Hartford
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Firshein, Stephen Ira, MD
860.258.2375
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Wethersfield
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Giove, Lawrence M., MD
860.246.6647
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wethersfield

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