Acute leukaemia

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Treatments for acute leukaemia can include:

  • chemotherapy
  • radiation therapy (radiotherapy)
  • targeted therapies
  • immunotherapy
  • stem cell transplant (bone marrow transplant)
  • palliative care.

Most people with acute leukaemia have one or more of these treatments. Not all treatments are suitable for every person or every type of acute leukaemia.

Choose the option that best suits your situation

Chemotherapy, also known as chemo, is a way of treating cancer using drugs.
Radiation therapy is a way of treating cancers using X-rays or other types of radiation.
Targeted therapy uses drugs that affect specific cells in some cancers.
Immunotherapy helps the body’s immune system to fight cancer.
Stem cell transplant is a type of treatment used for blood cancers.
Palliative care deals with managing symptoms and improving quality of life.

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