Leukemia and Lymphoma Program

Pediatric care for children with malignancies.


Our pediatric Leukemia and Lymphoma Program provides care for children with malignancies. Using the latest advances in treatment for leukemia in children, the majority of our patients with leukemia and lymphoma reach adulthood. The Helen & Jacob Shaham Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute at Nicklaus Children's Hospital is nationally recognized and provides highly specialized and sophisticated treatment for pediatric leukemia patients – always with a focus on the best long-term results and minimization of possible late side effects.

Leukemia remains the most common childhood malignancy, with approximately 5,000 new cases of leukemia in children diagnosed annually in the United States, accounting for 30 percent of childhood cancers.

There are two common types of Leukemia that we treat at Nicklaus Children’s:

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the type of leukemia that most commonly affects children, accounting for around 70 percent of leukemia cases each year in the U.S.
  • Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is the second most common form of leukemia in children. AML generally occurs by the age of 2, and is not often seen in older children until the teenage years. AML is the most common type of acute leukemia in adults. 

The chronic forms of leukemia such as chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) are rarely seen in children.

Blood & Marrow Transplantation Program

33 Years of Excellence.Our hallmark Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital is celebrating its 33rd anniversary this year as South Florida’s first and most experienced children's cancer center. Since the program was founded in 1991, we have performed over 400 transplants with the best outcomes in the region.

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