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Leukemia Treatment Information
Treatments for leukemia include:
- Chemotherapy. Strong medicines can be used to destroy leukemia cells. You may receive chemotherapy in a clinic, at your physician’s office or at home. Some people need to stay in the hospital during treatment. With advances in chemotherapy, as many as 80 percent of people undergoing this treatment continue to live normal lives.
- Targeted therapy. This relatively new class of drugs blocks the growth and spread of cancer cells. We have found that they are an effective treatment for leukemia, often with milder side effects than traditional chemotherapy.
- Radiation. Radiation can be used to destroy leukemia cells in certain parts of the body. While lying on a treatment table, a large device directs high-energy rays at your body to kill the cancer cells. You may receive radiation therapy in combination with chemotherapy. Usually radiation therapy is given in cycles at a hospital or clinic.
- Bone marrow transplant. Bone marrow transplants involved removing bone marrow, a liquid tissue inside your bones, from a donor or from your own noncancerous tissue and injecting the marrow into your bones. Bone marrow transplants are used after chemotherapy to replace any bone marrow lost during cancer treatment.
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Leukemia Support Services
Leukemia can be a complex disease. The websites listed below provide information about various types of leukemia and offer resources to help you manage the challenges that come with this condition.
A Sampling of Leukemia Support Services
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society provides extensive information about the major forms of leukemia. Among the valuable resources on this website is a guide to finding the best treatment for you or your loved one.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
This website provides information about many kinds of leukemia and links to other resources such as support groups. A valuable feature is access to a live specialist who can help you find what you need.
The National Institutes of Health provides basic information about four types of leukemia.
National Cancer Institute
This U.S. government website contains a wealth of information about leukemia, treatments, research into better treatments, clinical trials and many other topics.