Advertisement

How is a relapse of leukemia treated?

The return, or relapse, of leukemia is serious, and requires a whole new round of treatment. Chemotherapy is used to treat relapses, along with transplants of bone marrow stem cells. The stem cell transplants are necessary because the treatment of a relapse usually heavily targets the bone marrow. Treatment for relapse is often much more stressful to the body, and is not always effective, particularly if a suitable bone marrow donor cannot be found. Questions of quality of life must be weighed against any benefits further treatment may bring.

Continue Learning about Leukemia Treatment

Treatment Options for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Treatment Options for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Because chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)—a type of cancer that starts from cells in the bone marrow and moves into the blood—is chronic, it can take...
Read More
What new drugs offer hope for leukemia patients?
PhRMAPhRMA
In the past decade, several important new drugs have been developed, and new uses have been disc...
More Answers
What are the benefits and side effects of radioimmunotherapy for leukemia?
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)
For patients with leukemia, radioimmunotherapy offers the following advantages: The radiotherape...
More Answers
How has the treatment for leukemia progressed and improved?
PhRMAPhRMA
If you had been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in 1999, chances were that you wou...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.