Childhood Leukemia Overview

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Treating Leukemia in Children TOPICS

Treatment of children with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)

Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is rare in children. Treatment in children is like treatment in adults.

Targeted drugs such as imatinib (Gleevec) and dasatinib (Sprycel) usually work well at keeping CML under control, often with less severe side effects than with chemo drugs. But these drugs do not seem to cure CML when used alone, and they must be taken every day.

If targeted drugs are no longer helpful, high-dose chemotherapy with a stem cell transplant offers the best chance for a cure. Doctors are now looking at whether adding targeted drugs to stem cell transplant plans can help increase cure rates.

To learn more about CML and its treatment, see Leukemia--Chronic Myeloid Overview.

Last Medical Review: 05/13/2015
Last Revised: 02/03/2016