Understanding Your Disease & Treatment Options
If you or someone you love is diagnosed with leukemia, an immune disease or other genetic disorder, learning more about your disease and treatment options will help you make informed decisions about your care.
When you face a life-threatening disease, learning about your treatment options can help you make informed choices about your health care. The treatment your doctor recommends will depend on your diagnosis, your disease status and other health factors specific to you.
The first step in learning about your treatment options is to ask your doctor questions. You may also want to talk to other doctors (get a second opinion). Different doctors may recommend different treatments. You can gather information from books, articles, the Internet and other people. Then you can discuss this information with your doctor.
Learn about transplant and other treatment options
If you have a blood-related cancer or other disease for which a bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant (also called a BMT) is a treatment option, you may want to learn:
What is a bone marrow or cord blood transplant?
What other treatment options do I have?
What are recent advances in transplants and how well do transplants work?
When might transplants be an option for me?
Planning your treatment
Taking part in the development of your treatment plan with your doctor will help ensure you receive the best care possible. Talk to your doctor. Every question you have is important.