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What does targeted therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) involve?

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Targeted therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) involves drugs that target specific parts of cancer cells and tend to have fewer or less severe side effects than chemotherapy. Examples include blinatumomab (Blincyto), dasatinib (Sprycel), imatinib (Gleevec), and nilotinib (Tasigna), ponatinib (Iclusig), which attack cells with the Philadelphia chromosome.

From: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 08, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 09/08/2017

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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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