While all forms of leukemia are cancers of the blood, treatment options vary and depend on many factors including your age and overall health; the type of leukemia you have; and whether it has spread to other parts of the body.
Common treatments used to fight leukemia include:
- Chemotherapy: Depending on the type of leukemia you have, a single drug or a combination of drugs may be used during chemotherapy.
- Biological therapy: This type of treatment, which is given intravenously, improves the body's natural defenses against cancer.
- Targeted therapy: Targeted therapy uses drugs that attack specific vulnerabilities within the cancer cells.
- Radiation therapy: You may receive radiation in one specific area of your body where there is a group of leukemia cells, or all over your whole body.
- Stem cell transplant: This procedure is used to replace your diseased bone marrow with healthy bone marrow. A stem cell transplant is very similar to a bone marrow transplant.