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.

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
How are steroids used to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)?
Jumo HealthJumo Health
To treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) steroids may be used to help destroy cancer cells and ma...
More Answers
How is leukemia treated?
How is leukemia treated? Treatment varies with the type and stage of the disease. Learn more from ou...
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

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.