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How is B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated?

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You have different choices for treatment. In general, your treatment will have three phases. The goal of the first phase is "total remission" -- to kill the leukemia cells and get rid of all your symptoms. Your doctor may call it the induction phase.

If you go into remission, the next stage is to kill any leftover leukemia cells that aren't active but could grow later. Your doctor may call this phase of treatment the consolidation phase or "post-remission therapy."

Tthe third phase is generally called maintenance therapy and the goal is to prevent the cancer cells from coming back.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Leukemia -- Acute Lymphocytic."

Bethematch.org: "Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia."

Medscape: "Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia."

National Cancer Institute: "B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia," "General Information About Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia," "Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Treatment (PDQ®)," "Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects."

Cancer Care.org: "Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects."

Reviewed by Kumar Shital on July 10, 2020

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Leukemia -- Acute Lymphocytic."

Bethematch.org: "Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia."

Medscape: "Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia."

National Cancer Institute: "B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia," "General Information About Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia," "Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Treatment (PDQ®)," "Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects."

Cancer Care.org: "Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects."

Reviewed by Kumar Shital on July 10, 2020

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