How to Treat Leukemia?

Q:
How to treat leukemia? What are the options?

A:
Your doctor may adopt the best treatment option for you depending on your overall health and the types and stages of the disease. Common treatments used to treat leukemia include:

Chemotherapy. It is the major type of treatment in which single or a combination of drugs are used to kill leukemia cells.

Targeted therapy. In this type of therapy, drugs are used to attack specific vulnerabilities within your leukemia cells.

Radiation therapy. In radiation therapy, high-energy beams, such as X-rays, are used to damage leukemia cells and stop them from growing. This type of therapy can both be used to target one specific area of your body and your whole body.

Stem cell transplant. A stem cell transplant is used to destroy your diseased bone marrow by high doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy and replace it with healthy one by infusing blood-forming stem cells.

 

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