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Leukemia Treatment in Latin America

Hospitals and medical centers in Latin America who treat Leukemia patients.

Hospital Universitario Austral

A tertiary university hospital with over 750 physicians, providing medical services in most medical specialties. Services to foreign patients include interpreters, insurance coordination, and transportation arrangements. Both hospital and doctors have liability insuranc


Leukemia is treated at Hospital Universitario Austral

Galenia Hospital

Hospital Galenia holds the Certificate of Medical Attention Establishments granted by Joint Commission International (JCI), Accreditation Canada International (ACI) and is certified by the Mexican General Health Council (CSG).


Leukemia is treated at Galenia Hospital

Listed oncologist:

Dr. Marinee Torres Aguilar

Medical Oncology

Clínica Anglo Americana

Clínica Anglo Americana is a JCI accredited medical facility established in 1921 and works with many international insurers. The innovative hospital with its bilingual staff keeps up to date with advanced technologies, and provides treatment in many fields.


Leukemia is treated at Clínica Anglo Americana

San Javier Hospital

A 73 bed private, tertiary, full service hospital. San Javier Hospital is affiliated with 3,000 specialized, board certifies physicians, and offers the full range of medical specialties.


Leukemia is treated at San Javier Hospital

Hospital Country 2000

A small, private and modern general service hospital, offering a wide range of medical services, including plastic surgery, orthopedics, general surgery, oncology, infertility and pediatrics. Facilities include private rooms with a TV and phone line.


Leukemia is treated at Hospital Country 2000

San Angel Hospital

A small, modern, private hospital, located in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, right across the Texas border. 50% of the patients come from the United States, due to the proximity to the Texas border, and to the easy access by car and by air.


Leukemia is treated at San Angel Hospital

Hospital Punta Pacifica

A modern private hospital which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Most of the doctors and surgeons at Hospital Punta Pacifica were trained in the USA or in Europe.


Leukemia is treated at Hospital Punta Pacifica

Listed oncologists:

Dr. Roberto Ivan Lopez

Head of Medical Oncology Department

Dr. Keith Britton, MD, Ph.D.

Radiation Oncology Specialist

Hospital Universitario de San Vicente Fundación

A large tertiary hospital with over 600 beds and over 400 physicians providing medical care in all medical specialties. The international office can assist patients with insurance, accommodation and transportation. Private rooms are available.


Leukemia is treated at Hospital Universitario San Vicente

Centro Medico Puerta de Hierro

Centro Médico Puerta de Hierro (CMPDH) is a private, proudly Mexican organization, specializing in the provision of high quality health services.


Leukemia is treated at Centro Medico Puerta de Hierro

San Javier Marina Hospital

A tertiary, modern, small hospital, which is part of the San Javier group of hospitals. The hospital employs 48 physicians in most medical specialties, and provides many services to accomodate private and foreign patients.


Leukemia is treated at San Javier Marina Hospital

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About Leukemia Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is Leukemia?

Leukemia is a condition where the blood-forming tissues become cancerous including the lymphatic system and the bone marrow. In other words, it is the cancer of the blood cells. There are different types of leukemia, and some exist in children while others exist in adults. Leukemia is mostly common with the white blood cells, which are the infection fighters. Normally, these cells grow and divide in an orderly manner, as the body requires. However, with leukemia, the bone marrow produces white blood cells, which are abnormal and do not function properly. These cancerous cells eventually crowd out the healthy cells in the bone marrow.

Types of Leukemia

The four main types are:

  • Chronic lymphoblastic leukemia (CLL)
  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)

Symptoms of Leukemia

There are several symptoms, and they depend on the type of leukemia you have. These are:

  • Bone pain
  • Feeling tired without known reasons
  • Pain and swelling on the left side of the belly
  • Weight loss
  • Swollen gland in the neck, your groin, or your neck
  • Frequent fevers
  • Frequent nosebleeds, bleeding from the rectum or gums

As a general advice, do not ignore any symptoms as leukemia symptoms are vague and resemble other common illness.

Risk factors

These factors increase the chances of getting leukemia. However, some people get this cancer without these risk factors. They include:

  • Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML): Exposure to chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene
  • Chronic lymphoblastic leukemia (CLL)
    -Being of middle age, older, white, and male
    -Presence of a virus known as HTLV-1
  • General factors
    -Exposure to radiation levels
    -Conditions due to abnormal chromosomes such as Down syndrome
    -Radiation or chemotherapy used to targets previous cancer conditions


The aim of treating leukemia patients is to kill these cells and facilitate the formation of new normal cells. Treatment will depend on your general health factors, stage of leukemia, and your age.

  • Induction Therapy: It involves the use of corticosteroids and chemotherapy and aims to kill leukemia cells available in the bone marrow and blood to induce remission. The procedure occurs in a hospital and lasts for about 4 weeks.
  • Consolidation therapy: The procedure uses more chemotherapy and sometimes includes stem cell transplant and some preventive treatment using radiation and chemotherapy. The procedure ends up killing all the leukemia cells present, though not detected via tests.The process does not require the patient to stay overnight at the hospital, but takes several months to complete the sessions.
  • Maintenance therapy: This process uses lower doses of chemotherapy than the other processes and prevents any of the remaining leukemia cells from regenerating. Treatment involves a monthly intravenous treatment with chemotherapy and pills.
  • Biological therapy: It involves the use of medications that help the immune system to recognize and attack leukemia cells.
  • Stem cell transplant: This is procedure undertaken to replace a diseased bone marrow with a healthy one. The procedure is preceded by high doses of radiation and chemotherapy to destroy the affected bone marrow followed by infusion of blood-forming stem cells.

Duration of procedure/surgery : Induction Therapy occurs in a hospital and lasts for about 4 weeks. Consolidation Therapy does not require the patient to stay overnight at the hospital, but takes several months to complete the sessi

Risks : Tiredness, nausea, loss of hair due to chemotherapy, mouth sores loss of appetite and bleeding, swelling it the injected areas for the infusion of IV therapeutic agents, headaches, fever, muscle aches, graft-versus-host disease where the donor and the patients’ blood cells and tissue reacts

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