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What happens if chemotherapy doesn't work for leukemia?

Sometimes chemotherapy doesn’t work for leukemia because it doesn't always kill all the leukemia cells. The doctors might then suggest other treatments, including stronger chemotherapy, radiotherapy and bone marrow transplants or stem cell transplants. Radiotherapy uses x-rays to kill the leukemia cells. A bone marrow or stem cell transplant is when leukemia cells are replaced with healthy bone marrow cells. Steroids are another group of medicines used to treat leukemia.

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