What are the traditional treatments for leukemia?

Prior to the recent development of new leukemia drugs, the treatment options available for leukemia patients were  bone marrow transplants, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of all three. These therapies work in very different ways but share a common goal of eliminating or achieving remission of leukemia cells and restoring normal blood cell production.

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