Types of Treatment for Leukemia
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Your doctor will choose from these treatments, depending on the type and phase of leukemia you have and other factors:
Stem cell transplant. Other types of treatment, such as chemotherapy, may damage cells in your bone marrow. If so, a stem cell transplant can replace these lost cells, allowing doctors to give higher doses of chemotherapy.
Surgery. In most cases, surgery can do little for leukemia. If you have a swollen spleen, your doctor may remove it. This can help take pressure off other organs. It can also improve your blood cell count.
Watchful waiting. For some chronic leukemias, you may not need treatment right away. Instead, your doctor will watch you closely for new symptoms or signs that the leukemia is progressing. If this happens, treatment can then be started.
Your doctor may suggest that you have more than 1 type of treatment. This is sometimes called combination therapy. New types of treatment may be available only through a research study. This is called a clinical trial. You can ask your doctor about that option.