- How is acute lymphocytic leukemia treated?
- Chemotherapy for acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Targeted therapy for acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Surgery for acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Radiation therapy for acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell transplant for acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Typical treatment of acute lymphocytic leukemia
- What if the leukemia doesn`t respond or comes back after treatment?
- Clinical trials for acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Complementary and alternative therapies for acute lymphocytic leukemia
How is acute lymphocytic leukemia treated?
Adult acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is not one disease. It is really a group of diseases, and people with different subtypes vary in how they respond to treatment. Treatment options are based on the subtype as well as on the prognostic features in the section "How is acute lymphocytic leukemia classified."
Chemotherapy (often called "chemo") is the major treatment for ALL, sometimes along with targeted therapy. Surgery and radiation may be used in some cases. The treatment of ALL often lasts for about 2 years. It can be intense, especially in the first few months of treatment, so it is important that you are treated in a center that has experience with this disease.
You may have different types of doctors on your treatment team. The doctor in charge of your team will most likely be a hematologist, a doctor who treats blood diseases, including leukemia. Many other experts may be involved in your care as well.
It is important to discuss your treatment options, including their goals and possible side effects, with your doctors to help make the decision that best fits your needs. Treatment for ALL usually needs to start very soon after it is found, but if time permits, it is often a good idea to get a second opinion. This can give you more information and help you feel good about your chosen treatment plan.
The next few sections have general comments about types of treatments used for acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). After this you will find a review of the typical treatment plan for ALL in adults.
Last Medical Review: 06/25/2012
Last Revised: 01/24/2013
- What Is Leukemia - Acute Lymphocytic (ALL) in Adults?
- Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention
- Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Staging
- Treating Leukemia - Acute Lymphocytic (ALL) in Adults
- Talking With Your Doctor
- After Treatment
- What`s New in Leukemia - Acute Lymphocytic (ALL) in Adults Research?
- Other Resources and References