Chronic leukaemia

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Treatments for chronic leukaemia can include:

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

Most people have one or more of these treatments. 

Some people with chronic leukaemia don't need treatment straightaway. They can be monitored for changes in their symptoms or blood tests, which can show when treatment is needed. This is known as active monitoring or active surveillance.

Choose the option that best suits your situation

Chemotherapy, also known as chemo, is a way of treating cancer using drugs.
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.
Radiation therapy is a way of treating cancers using X-rays or other types of radiation.
Palliative care deals with managing symptoms and improving quality of life.

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