Leukemia Treatments

Treatment for acute and chronic leukemias

Specific treatment for acute and chronic leukemias will be determined by your doctor based on:
  • Your age, overall health, and medical history
  • The type of leukemia and other factors, such as chromosome changes in the cells
  • Extent of the disease
  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • Expectations for the course of the disease
  • Your opinion or preference
Treatment may include:
  • Chemotherapy or targeted therapy medications
  • Radiation therapy
  • Bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell transplantation
  • Biological therapy, which uses the body's immune system to fight cancer
  • Surgery
  • Blood transfusion (red blood cells, platelets)
  • Medications to prevent or treat damage to other systems of the body caused by leukemia treatment