Treatments for Leukemia

Below is a listing of treatments and therapies for leukemia. Click on one to read more information or connect with others currently using it.

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Allogeneic (donor) stem cell transplant

Overview
Stem cell transplant is sometimes used to treat people with leukemia. The majority of people with leukemia who undergo stem cell transplant receive an allogeneic stem cell transplant (allo-SCT), which... read more

Arranon (Nelarabine)

Overview
Arranon is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. Arranon is indicated in ca... read more

Arzerra (Ofatumumab)

Overview
Arzerra is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat small cell lymphocytic lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia (SLL/CLL). Arzerra is often prescribed in combin... read more

Autologous (self) stem cell transplant

Overview
Stem cell transplant is sometimes used to treat people with leukemia. The majority of people with leukemia who undergo stem cell transplant receive an allogeneic stem cell transplant, which means that... read more

Besponsa (Inotuzumab ozogamicin)

Overview
Besponsa is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat relapsed or refractory cases of B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in adults. Besponsa is a... read more

Blincyto (Blinatumomab)

Overview
Blincyto is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat relapsed or refractory cases of B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in adults or children. B... read more

Blood transfusion

Overview
Leukemia treatments including chemotherapy and radiation therapy can destroy bone marrow, making it impossible produce new blood cells. In people with some types of leukemia, cancer cells can damage t... read more

Bosulif (Bosutinib)

Overview
Bosulif is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) that has tested positive for the Philadelphia chromosome (Ph+)... read more

Busulfan

Overview
Busulfan is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat chronic myelocytic leukemia (CML). Busulfan is often combined with other drugs such as Cytoxan and Flu... read more

Campath (Alemtuzumab)

Overview
Campath is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Campath may also be used to treat B-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (... read more

Cerubidine (Daunorubicin)

Overview
Cerubidine, also known by its drug name, Daunorubicin, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to induce remission in acute forms of leukemia such as acute lymp... read more

Chemotherapy

Overview
Chemotherapy is the treatment of cancer with drugs that destroy or slow the growth of cancer cells. Some doctors may refer to all medication prescribed for someone with leukemia as chemotherapy. Chemo... read more

Clinical trials

Overview
Depending on several factors, you may be eligible to participate in clinical trials studying new treatments for leukemia. Clinical trials are the only way that new treatments for leukemia can be teste... read more

Clolar (Clofarabine)

Overview
Clolar is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in children and young adults up to the age of 21. Clolar is indicated... read more

Complementary and integrative therapies

Overview
According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, 65 percent of Americans who have ever been diagnosed with cancer have used non-traditional therapies. Complementary treatments are those used al... read more

Copiktra (Duvelisib)

Overview
Copiktra is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). Copiktra is indicated in cases wher... read more

Corticosteroids

Overview
Corticosteroids are a class of prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat inflammation. Corticosteroids are sometimes used to treat people with leukemia.

The m... read more

Cytarabine

Overview
Cytarabine is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating several types of leukemia including acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), acute myeloid leukemia (AM... read more

Cytoxan (Cyclophosphamide)

Overview
Cytoxan, also known by its drug name, Cyclophosphamide, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating cancers including acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL),... read more

Daurismo (Glasdegib)

Overview
Daurismo is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in people age 75 or older and those who cannot undergo intensive chemotherapy. ... read more

Erwinaze (Asparaginase Erwinia chrysanthem)

Overview
Erwinaze is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Erwinaze is often used as a part of a chemotherapy regimen. Erwina... read more

Exercise

Overview
Regular physical activity has been shown to benefit people with leukemia in many ways. Exercise can improve the quality of life of those with leukemia during and after treatment. Being physically acti... read more

Flu and pneumonia vaccinations

Overview
People who currently have or have had leukemia and other cancers are at greater risk for severe infections and serious complications from influenza (the flu) and pneumonia.

The U.S. Centers for Di... read more

Fludara (Fludarabine)

Overview
Fludara is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Fludara is often prescribed in combination with other medications a... read more

Gazyva (Obinutuzumab)

Overview
Gazyva is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Gazyva is often prescribed in combination with other ... read more

Gleevec (Imatinib)

Overview
Gleevec is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults and children with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) that has tested positive for the Philadelphia chr... read more

Hydroxyurea

Overview
Hydroxyurea is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Hydroxyurea is also used to treat chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (... read more

Idamycin (Idarubicin)

Overview
Idamycin, also known by its drug name, Idarubicin, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in adults. Idamycin is often co... read more

Idhifa (Enasidenib)

Overview
Idhifa is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) that has tested positive for a mutation in the isoci... read more

Imbruvica (Ibrutinib)

Overview
Imbruvica is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and several types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Imbruvica is also indicated t... read more

Inclusig (Ponatinib)

Overview
Inclusig is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in any phase that is positive for the Philadelphia chromosome... read more

Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG)

Overview
In some cases of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), cancerous versions of white blood cells known as plasma B cells proliferate, crowding out normal cells. Healthy plasma cells secrete proteins calle... read more

Kymriah (Tisagenlecleucel)

Overview
Kymriah is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in people up to age 25 as well as some types of lymphoma.... read more

Leukapheresis

Overview
In some types of leukemia – most often acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) – white blood cells are greatly overproduced, causing a condition known as hyperleukocytosis. In ... read more

Leukeran (Chlorambucil)

Overview
Leukeran, also known by its drug name, Chlorambucil, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), Hodgkin lymphoma, lymp... read more

Lumoxiti (Moxetumomab pasudotox)

Overview
Lumoxiti is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with relapsed or refractory hairy cell leukemia. Lumoxiti is indicated in cases where two prior... read more

Marqibo (Vincristine sulfate liposome)

Overview
Marqibo is a prescription medication used to treat Philadelphia chromosome-negative (Ph-) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Marqibo is indicated in cases where Ph- ALL has relapsed two or more times... read more

Medical marijuana

Overview
Medical marijuana, also known as medical cannabis, is widely used to treat chronic pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and insomnia, all common symptoms of leukemia or side effects of its treatm... read more

Methotrexate

Overview
Methotrexate is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat some types of cancer, including acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Methotrexate is sold under brand nam... read more

Mustargen (Mechlorethamine)

Overview
Mustargen is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), chronic myelocytic leukemia (CML), mycosis fungoides, lymphosarco... read more

Nipent (Pentostatin)

Overview
Nipent is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hairy cell leukemia in people with active disease. Nipent may also be referred to by its drug name, Pent... read more

Novantrone (Mitoxantrone)

Overview
Novantrone is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat types of leukemia including childhood acute myeloid leukemia (AML), large granular lymphocytic leukemia, a... read more

Nutrition

Overview
Everyone feels their best when they consistently eat a healthy, balanced diet. For people with leukemia, good nutrition can help you recover from treatment, reduce treatment side effects, support bone... read more

Oncaspar (Pegaspargase)

Overview
Oncaspar is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Oncaspar is often used as a part of a chemotherapy regimen. Oncasp... read more

Oncovin (Vincristine)

Overview
Oncovin is a prescription medication used to treat several types of leukemia, including acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Oncovin is often combined with other drugs in chemotherapy regimens such as ... read more

Radiation therapy

Overview
Radiation therapy (also called RT or radiotherapy) is not commonly used to treat leukemia. However, radiation therapy is used in some cases of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and chronic lymphocyti... read more

Rituxan (Rituximab)

Overview
Rituxan is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and several types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Rituxan is usually prescribed a... read more

Rituxan Hycela (Rituximab/Hyaluronidase human)

Overview
Rituxan Hycela is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and some types of lymphoma. Rituxan Hycela is usually prescribed to... read more

Rydapt (Midostaurin)

Overview
Rydapt is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) that has tested positive for the FLT3
mutation. Rydapt is also i... read more

Splenectomy

Overview
Splenectomy is the surgical removal of the spleen, a small organ located on the left side of your abdomen, under the rib cage. A healthy spleen filters old or abnormal red blood cells out of the blood... read more

Sprycel (Dasatinib)

Overview
Sprycel is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in the chronic phase that has tested positive for the Philadel... read more

Synribo (Omacetaxine mepesuccinate)

Overview
Synribo is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in the chronic or accelerated phase. Synribo is indicated in... read more

Tasigna (Nilotinib)

Overview
Tasigna is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults and children ages 1 year or older newly diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in the chron... read more

Thioguanine

Overview
Thioguanine is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute nonlymphocytic leukemias. Thioguanine is often combined with other medications in a chemother... read more

Tibsovo (Ivosidenib)

Overview
Tibsovo is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) that has tested positive for a mutation in the isoc... read more

Treanda (Bendamustine)

Overview
Treanda, also known by its drug name, Bendamustine, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and indolent B-cell non-... read more

Trisenox (Arsenic trioxide)

Overview
Trisenox, also known by its drug name, Arsenic trioxide, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL).

Trisenox is... read more

Venclexta (Venetoclax)

Overview
Venclexta is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) who have tried at ... read more

Vyxeos (Daunorubicin/Cytarabine)

Overview
Vyxeos is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) that developed after treatment for another type of cancer, known as t... read more

Xospata (Gilteritinib)

Overview
Xospata is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with relapsed or refractory acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) that has tested positive for the FLT3 mut... read more

Zydelig (Idelalisib)

Overview
Zydelig is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat relapsed cases of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), and follicular B-cell... read more

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