Leukemia - Treatment Overview
more information, see the topics
Writing an Advance Directive and
Choosing a Health Care Agent.
A time may
come when your goals may change from treating an illness to maintaining your
comfort and dignity. Your doctor can address questions or concerns about
maintaining your comfort when cure is no longer an option.
Hospice care professionals can provide
palliative care in the comfortable surroundings of
your own home.
For more information, see the topics
Hospice Care, and
Care at the End of Life.
What to think about
When leukemia has been in
remission for a long time, the word "cure" is often used. Your doctor may use
the term "remission" instead of "cure" when talking about the effectiveness of
your treatment. Although many people who have leukemia are successfully
treated, the term remission is used because cancer can return (recur). It is
important to discuss the possibility of recurrence with your doctor.
Clinical trials play a very important
part in the treatment of leukemia. Clinical trials test the latest drugs and
other new treatments. They have made it possible for many people with leukemia
to live longer. People who are in clinical trials get all the recommended
treatments for their cancer and are closely watched. Talk to your doctor about
whether there is a clinical trial that might be good for you. For more
information, see www.cancer.gov/clinical_trials/ or http://clinicaltrials.gov.