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How do medications treat leukemia?

In addition to chemotherapy, certain forms of leukemia can be treated with drug therapy or biological therapy. For example, the drug imatinib (Gleevec) is used in treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia because of the way it acts upon proteins inside leukemia cells. Biological therapy is another treatment option. Also called immunotherapy, biological therapy uses chemicals engineered in a laboratory to mimic the actions of the body's natural immune system, attacking and destroying cancer cells.

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