5 Leukemia Myths and Misconceptions [Podcast]

Leukemia, a type of blood cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow, is one of the most well-known types of cancer. In the case of leukemia, the bone marrow produces abnormal blood cells, suppressing the production of normal blood cells that help the body fight off infections.

Although it is a recognizable cancer in name, there are still many different myths and misconceptions about leukemia, which we address in the latest episode of Cancer Mythbusters with Daniel DeAngelo, MD, PhD, director of Clinical and Translational Research for the Adult Leukemia Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Daniel DeAngelo, MD, PhD.
Daniel DeAngelo, MD, PhD.


  • 0:58: How leukemia is similar and different in people of different ages
  • 2:00: Whether leukemia has very obvious symptoms
  • 3:48: The different types of leukemia and how they are different
  • 5:40: Busting the myth that leukemia is incurable
  • 7:37: DeAngelo addresses other myths and misconceptions, including whether every leukemia patient needs a stem cell transplant

Learn more about leukemia from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.