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Cancer Care physician researches leukemia

November 20, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

With nearly half of patients diagnosed with leukemia dying from the malady, Dr. Donald Fleming's research article on the four major classifications of leukemia was destined to draw attention.

Fleming's article titled "Leukemia: Understanding its types and treatments" was recently published in Oncology Nurse Adviser. Fleming is a nationally recognized medical oncologist and hematologist at Davis Memorial Hospital's Cancer Care Center in Elkins.

"I enjoy conducting research and sharing my conclusions with other medical professionals," he said. "It is an honor to have my work well read and voted as a reader's favorite."

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Leukemia is a malignancy that develops in the bone marrow and affects hematopoiesis. It accounts for almost ten percent of all malignancies diagnosed each year in the United States with 40,000 to 50,000 new diagnoses annually. Fleming's article about the types and treatments focused on the four major classifications.

"Classification of leukemia is based on four characteristics: acute or chronic condition and myeloid- or lymphoid-derived disease," Fleming said. "A significant majority of patients with leukemia have one of these types."

Of the four types of leukemia Fleming examined, the most prevalent form is chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) with nearly four per 100,000 persons in the United States diagnosed, CLL is largely associated with the older population.

"Major changes in the treatment approaches for the chronic leukemias, especially chronic lymphocytic leukemia, have dramatically improved outcomes for patients with these diseases," Fleming said. "Hopefully further research and clinical investigation will generate similar treatment advances for persons with acute leukemias."

Fleming serves as the Director of Oncology at the Cancer Care Center. The Cancer Care Center received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons in 2010 and was the only newly accredited program in the State of West Virginia to achieve such recognition.

"Both of these commendations are a great testament to the quality of care available through the Cancer Care Center and the hard work of everyone associated with the Center," Fleming said. "Just 12 other newly accredited cancer programs in the nation received the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2010."

Fleming joined Davis Memorial Hospital in August 2008. A graduate of the University of Louisville, Fleming completed an externship at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.

Over the years Fleming has authored several peer-reviewed publications for leading medical journals in the field of oncology and hematology. He has contributed his knowledge and passion for medicine, especially in the area of oncology, to well over 25 publications and has been a speaker for national conferences.

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