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What are the goals of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)?

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Treatment happens in two parts -- induction therapy and post-induction therapy -- for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

The goal of induction therapy is to achieve remission by:

  • Killing as many leukemia cells as possible
  • Returning blood counts to normal
  • Ridding the body of signs of disease for a long time

From: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 08, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 09/08/2017

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "What is acute lymphocytic leukemia?"  "How is acute lymphocytic leukemia classified?"  "What are the risk factors for acute lymphocytic leukemia?" "How is acute lymphocytic leukemia diagnosed?"  "Treating Leukemia -- Acute Lymphocytic (ALL) in Adults;" and "Response rates to treatment." 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia" and "Leukemia Facts & Statistics."

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

FDA: “FDA approval brings first gene therapy to the United States.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 08, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "What is acute lymphocytic leukemia?"  "How is acute lymphocytic leukemia classified?"  "What are the risk factors for acute lymphocytic leukemia?" "How is acute lymphocytic leukemia diagnosed?"  "Treating Leukemia -- Acute Lymphocytic (ALL) in Adults;" and "Response rates to treatment." 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia" and "Leukemia Facts & Statistics."

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

FDA: “FDA approval brings first gene therapy to the United States.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 08, 2017

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