? asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsCancer · 10 years ago

How long does chemo go for someone with leukemia?

How many times a week and how long would each session last?

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  • Van Bo
    Lv 7
    10 years ago
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    Chemo is drugs and IV chemo, so that could be daily or 3 times a week, for 3 months or 6 months, in cycles as indicated in last paragraph. Usually the chemical agent prevents cell mitosis, or kills ALL cells, so there must be periods of rest and recovery from it.

    Most chemotherapy is delivered intravenously, although a number of agents can be administered orally (e.g., melphalan, busulfan, capecitabine). In some cases, isolated limb perfusion (often used in melanoma), or isolated infusion of chemotherapy into the liver or the lung have been used. The main purpose of these approaches is to deliver a very high dose of chemotherapy to tumour sites without causing overwhelming systemic damage.

    Depending on the patient, the cancer, the stage of cancer, the type of chemotherapy, and the dosage, intravenous chemotherapy may be given on either an inpatient or an outpatient basis. For continuous, frequent or prolonged intravenous chemotherapy administration, various systems may be surgically inserted into the vasculature to maintain access. Commonly used systems are the Hickman line, the Port-a-Cath or the PICC line. These have a lower infection risk, are much less prone to phlebitis or extravasation, and abolish the need for repeated insertion of peripheral cannulae.

    Harmful and lethal toxicity from chemotherapy limits the dosage of chemotherapy that can be given. Some tumors can be destroyed by sufficiently high doses of chemotheraputic agents. However, these high doses cannot be given because they would be fatal to the patient. Amount is based on body surface area of the patient.

    You may receive chemotherapy in cycles. A cycle is a period of chemotherapy treatment followed by a period of rest. For instance, you might receive 1 week of chemotherapy followed by 3 weeks of rest. These 4 weeks make up one cycle. The rest period gives your body a chance to build new healthy cells.

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  • 10 years ago

    I can only say what mine was when I had APML (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia - not very common). I had IV chemo for 8days each month for 4 months then oral chemo 1 type every day the other once a week for 2 years. Each IV dose of chemo took about 2hrs sometimes more sometimes less.

    Every person's treatment is different and it varies greatly through different types of leukemia, the best way to know is by talk to your oncologist if you are receiving treatment.

    If you are receiving treatment I hope all goes well for you, God bless

    Source(s): Student nurse Cancer survivor
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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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    How many times a week and how long would each session last?

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  • 3 years ago

    How Long Does Chemo Last

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  • hiland
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    How Long Does Chemo Take

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  • 10 years ago

    Impossible for anyone to answer without knowing what type of leukemia.


    Acute or chronic ? Myelocytic (AML or CML) or lymphocytic (ALL or CLL) ?

    There are at least 7 types of AML alone. Multiple types of ALL also.

    There are multiple different chemotherapy regimens available for use for each specific type of leukemia - each using a different schedule and different drugs.

    There are over 100 chemotherapy drugs. More than a dozen are used in various leukemia regimens.

    It would help if you could tell us which specific disease you are asking about.

    Source(s): MD medical oncologist - cancer and leukemia specialist doctor
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    6 years ago

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  • Ellen
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Only God can say?I had level 2 cancer and was told only 40& live after a year or so.Could not remove it.Chemo 12mo.Radiation 32 days.I am still here almost 5 years and cancer tests show neg.

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