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Leukemia Program

Leukemia is the most common form of cancer in children. At the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, our multidisciplinary team of experts is highly skilled in treating children with these cancers. Our leukemia experts work closely with specialists at our Bone Marrow Transplant Program to co-manage patients who would benefit from bone marrow transplantation. They also work with specialists who treat leukemia in adult patients, ensuring a seamless transition and state-of-the-art care for teens and young adults with leukemia.

At Johns Hopkins, our leukemia doctors are also laboratory scientists working to develop new therapies for leukemia and bring them to clinical trials. Our experts are leaders in both the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and the Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia & Lymphoma (TACL) consortia, ensuring that the most promising new therapies are available for our patients.

Make An Appointment

To make an appointment, please call our referral coordinator at 443-287-6997. Our nurses and doctors will see a patient the same day you call, with no delays for new patients.

Physicians calling after hours or on weekends may call the Hopkins Access Line (HAL) 24 hours a day, at 410-955-9444 or 1-800-765-5447, and ask for the pediatric oncology attending physician.

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Our Childhood Leukemia Experts

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Patient Stories

Meet Alexis
When Alexis Whitner was four-years-old, fully immersed in the joyful intensity of early childhood, something else was going on inside of her. In the darkness and mystery of her bone marrow, something was terribly wrong and no one could see it.

Meet Austin
“When children have cancer, “ Mark says, “they grow up a lot faster than their peers.  They have to.  Yes, Austin has cancer, but he’s never once said, ‘Cancer has me.’  When I think of everything he’s been through. . .”   He looks at his stepson with pride.  “Austin is my hero.”

Meet Clarissa
Clarissa was too young to remember the first time she was treated for cancer, but she has vivid memories of the time, ten years later, when the cancer returned.  She and a friend were in New York City with their moms, celebrating their upcoming thirteenth birthdays, when it became clear that Clarissa was gravely ill.  Her mom, Chris, rushed her home to their pediatrician to hear, “Go immediately to the Johns Hopkins ER! They’re expecting you.”   

Meet Zoe
Zoe is a vibrant 13 year old with a wonderful sense of humor and tremendous athlete. She also enjoys rollerskating , playing video games on Nintendo Wii, and shopping. Zoe loves hanging out with her friends, especially her Aunt Susie.