Leukemia

Leukemia is a cancer that affects the white blood cells. These are the cells that help fight infection.

Programs + Services


Hematologic Malignancies Program

Tufts Medical Center's Hematologic Malignancies Program in Boston uses the latest techniques to pinpoint your cancer type and provide you with the most effective treatment.
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Doctors + Care Team

Andreas K. Klein, MD

Andreas K. Klein, MD

Accepting New Patients

Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Associate Chief, Division of Hematology Oncology; Director, Hematologic Malignancies Program; Director, Bone Marrow and Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Program; Regulatory Affairs Director, CTSI; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6227
Fax #: 617-636-8538

Lymphoma, myeloma, bone marrow transplantation (BMT), immune reconstitution after BMT

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Cindy Varga, MD

Cindy Varga, MD

Accepting New Patients

Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Medical Oncologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6227
Fax #: 617-636-8538

Malignant hematology (plasma cell dyscrasia, leukemia, lymphoma)

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Monika Pilichowska, MD, PhD

Monika Pilichowska, MD, PhD

Title(s): Director, Clinical Hematology and Hematopathology; Director, Hematopathology Fellowship Program; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7216
Fax #: 617-636-7128

Hematology and hematopathology, flow cytometry, surgical pathology and cytology, renal pathology (medical renal disease)

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Raymond L. Comenzo, MD

Raymond L. Comenzo, MD

Accepting New Patients

Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Director, Transfusion Services; Director, John C. Davis Myeloma and Amyloid Program; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6454
Fax #: 617-636-3175

Myeloma, amyloidosis, stem cell transplant, transfusion medicine

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Susan K. Parsons, MD, MRP

Susan K. Parsons, MD, MRP

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Founding Director, Reid R. Sacco Adolescent and Young Adult Program for Cancer and Hereditary Blood Diseases; Director, The Center for Health Solutions at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Cancer Center, Medicine, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Hematology/Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5168
Fax #: 617-636-6280

Pediatric bone marrow transplantation, long-term quality of life following transplantation, supportive medical and emotional care for patients and families

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Research + Clinical Trials


A041702: A Randomized Phase III Study of Ibrutinib plus obinutuzumab versus ibrutinib plus venetoclax and obinutuzumab in untreated older patients (> 70 years of age) with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

This phase III trial compares adding a new anti-cancer drug (venetoclax) to the usual treatment (ibrutinib plus obinutuzumab) in older patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia who have not received previous treatment. The addition of venetoclax to the usual treatment might prevent chronic lymphocytic leukemia from returning. This trial also will investigate whether patients who receive ibrutinib plus obinutuzumab plus venetoclax and have no detectable chronic lymphocytic leukemia after 1 year of treatment, can stop taking ibrutinib. Ibrutinib may stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Immunotherapy with obinutuzumab may induce changes in body's immune system and may interfere with the ability of cancer cells to grow and spread. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as venetoclax work in different ways to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. Giving ibrutinib and obinutuzumab with venetoclax may work better at treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia compared to ibrutinib and obinutuzumab.
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