Treatment options are dependent on the person's age and health, the type of leukemia a person has have, and whether it has spread to other parts of the body, including the central nervous system.
Your doctor may recommend leukemia treatment options involving:
Bone marrow transplant
Also known as stem cell transplant, bone marrow transplant is a procedure that replaces the damaged bone marrow by infusing healthy blood-forming stem cells into the body. Bone marrow transplant can use either cells from your own body or cells from a donor. Its goal is to manage or cure the disease, extend life, and improve quality of life.
Biological therapy or immunotherapy fights leukemia by using drugs to boost your immune system. There are various types of immunotherapy for leukemia, including Allogeneic bone marrow transplant, Therapeutic cancer vaccines, T-cell therapies, Monoclonal antibody therapies, and Donor lymphocyte infusions.
In chemotherapy, strong medicines are used to destroy cancerous cells and prevent them from reproducing. Chemotherapy as leukemia treatment usually involves several drugs given together in one therapy regimen. The drugs can be given either orally or intravenously.
Radiation therapy makes use of high-energy radiation to destroy cancer cells. The procedure, which takes only a few minutes, is similar to having an x-ray. It is painless, but the radiation is much stronger.
In targeted therapy, drugs are used to target the genes and proteins that contribute to the growth and survival of cancer cells. The drugs can be given to you orally through pills or capsules or intravenously.
Treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospitals
At Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, we treat both common and uncommon types of blood disorders and cancers, such as leukemia.
Our hematopathologists, who specialise in diseases of the blood, work closely with the Parkway Cancer Centre care team to ensure an accurate diagnosis of this complex disease, which has many variations and rare forms.
The multidisciplinary team includes haematologists, pathologists, radiologists, dermatologists, respiratory physicians, renal physicians, cardiologists, neurologists, and physiotherapists.
Our experienced specialists also perform bone marrow biopsies, which are done routinely for patients with blood disorders, especially for those with malignancies like leukemia.
Haematology and Stem Cell Transplant Centre, located at Mount Elizabeth Orchard Hospital, is headed by Dr Patrick Tan, a haematologist with more than 30 years of experience in the treatment of blood disorders including leukemia, and in performing bone marrow transplants.
Parkway Cancer Centre, which also runs the Children’s Haematology & Cancer Centre, provides specialised clinical care, including diagnostic evaluation and chemotherapy, for children and adults with blood diseases.
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