Questions about leukemia?
I just heard that my cousin in England is sick with leukemia and was diagnosed 7 months ago(I'm just hearing about this because I live in Canada and am not considered immediate family). She has said that there haven't been any positive results with her treatments. In other words, she hasn't gotten any better, only sicker.
What sort of treatments are there for leukemia? How could the treatments have backfired? What are the chances she'll survive and what are the chances she'll die?
Thanks, I'm quite new to this disease.
- Anonymous7 years agoFavorite Answer
Treatment for your leukemia depends on many factors. Your doctor determines your leukemia treatment options based on your age and overall health, the type of leukemia you have, and whether it has spread to other parts of your body.
Common treatments used to fight leukemia include:
Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is the major form of treatment for leukemia. This drug treatment uses chemicals to kill leukemia cells. Depending on the type of leukemia you have, you may receive a single drug or a combination of drugs. These drugs may come in a pill form, or they may be injected directly into a vein.
Biological therapy. Biological therapy works by helping your immune system recognize and attack leukemia cells.
Targeted therapy. Targeted therapy uses drugs that attack specific vulnerabilities within your cancer cells. For example, the drug imatinib (Gleevec) stops the action of a protein within the leukemia cells of people with chronic myelogenous leukemia. This can help control the disease.
Radiation therapy. Radiation therapy uses X-rays or other high-energy beams to damage leukemia cells and stop their growth. During radiation therapy, you lie on a table while a large machine moves around you, directing the radiation to precise points on your body. You may receive radiation in one specific area of your body where there is a collection of leukemia cells, or you may receive radiation over your whole body. Radiation therapy may be used to prepare for a stem cell transplant.
Stem cell transplant. A stem cell transplant is a procedure to replace your diseased bone marrow with healthy bone marrow. Before a stem cell transplant, you receive high doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy to destroy your diseased bone marrow. Then you receive an infusion of blood-forming stem cells that help to rebuild your bone marrow. You may receive stem cells from a donor, or in some cases you may be able to use your own stem cells. A stem cell transplant is very similar to a bone marrow transplant
- psychopietLv 67 years ago
Your questions cannot be answered without knowing more details about the disease. As treatment and prognosis depends very much on the kind of leukemia. Maybe do a bit of googeling to get an overview of the different kinds and try to dins out what your cousin exactly has.