Childhood Leukemia Overview

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Treating Leukemia in Children TOPICS

Treatment of children with chronic myelogenous leukemia

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

Targeted drugs that attack cells with the Philadelphia chromosome, the gene abnormality in CML, 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.

If you’d like information on a drug used in your child’s treatment, see our Guide to Cancer Drugs, or call us with the names of the medicines your child is taking.

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

Last Medical Review: 11/11/2013
Last Revised: 02/03/2014