- How is childhood leukemia treated?
- Immediate treatment of childhood leukemia
- Surgery for childhood leukemia
- Radiation treatment for childhood leukemia
- Chemotherapy for childhood leukemia
- Targeted therapy for childhood leukemia
- High-dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplant for childhood leukemia
- Treatment of children with acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Treatment of children with acute myeloid leukemia
- Treatment of children with acute promyelocytic leukemia
- Treatment of children with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia
- Treatment of children with chronic myelogenous leukemia
- More information on treating childhood leukemia
- Status of acute leukemia after treatment
- Clinical trials for childhood leukemia
- Complementary and alternative therapies for childhood leukemia
Treatment of children with chronic myelogenous leukemia
Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is rare in children, but it does occur. Treatment in children is like treatment in adults.
Some targeted drugs attack cells with the Philadelphia chromosome, which is the gene abnormality in CML. These drugs usually work well at keeping CML under control, often for a long time and with less severe side effects than with chemo drugs. But these drugs do not seem to cure CML when used by themselves, and they must be taken every day. Doctors are now looking at whether adding these drugs to stem cell transplant plans can help increase cure rates.
To learn more about CML and its treatment, see our document, Leukemia--Chronic Myeloid Overview.
Last Medical Review: 06/29/2012
Last Revised: 01/21/2013