- How is childhood leukemia treated?
- Immediate treatment for childhood leukemia
- Surgery for childhood leukemia
- Radiation therapy for childhood leukemia
- Chemotherapy for childhood leukemia
- Targeted therapy for childhood leukemia
- High-dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplant for childhood leukemia
- Clinical trials for childhood leukemia
- Complementary and alternative therapies for childhood leukemia
- Treatment of children with acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Treatment of children with acute myelogenous leukemia
- Treatment of children with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL)
- Treatment of children with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML)
- Treatment of children with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)
- More treatment information
Immediate treatment for childhood leukemia
Some children with leukemia are critically ill when they are first diagnosed with leukemia. For example:
- A shortage of normal white blood cells may lead to very serious infections.
- Low levels of platelets or clotting factors in the blood can cause severe bleeding.
- Not having enough red blood cells can lower the amount of oxygen getting to body tissues and put a tremendous strain on the heart.
These problems must often be addressed before treatment of the leukemia can begin. Antibiotics, blood growth factors, and transfusions of platelets and red blood cells may be given to treat or help prevent some of these conditions.
Last Medical Review: 06/11/2012
Last Revised: 01/18/2013