Leukemia treatment is usually delivered to the patients with the help of a combination of different therapies. The following are some of the most popular and common modes of treatment used for the treatment of leukemia patients in India:
This treatment option includes the use of substances that accelerate the response of the immune system towards the cancer cells. They also help the patient by overcoming the side effects caused by other therapies used for leukemia treatment.
Stem cell transplant:
Stem cell transplant, also known as bone marrow transplant, is the most common option used for the treatment of leukemia. This procedure involves the replacement of diseased bone marrow tissues with healthy stem cells which are able to grow into healthy bone marrow by itself.
This therapy destroys the cancer cells by preventing them from growing or multiplying any further. However, some healthy tissues are also destroyed during chemotherapy, particularly the ones around the cancer cells. But these cells are able to repair by themselves after the treatment over a period of few months.
Radiation therapy is not primarily used for the treatment of leukemia. It is given in conjunction with other therapies. High doses of radiation therapy are given to a specific part of the body or to the whole body, usually as a preparation for bone marrow transplant.
Surgery is not considered for leukemia patients. It is only performed in those cases where the spleen has to be removed. The accumulation of blood cells in the spleen results in the swelling of the spleen and it displaces other organs in the abdomen. Such patients may be advised to go for the spleen removal surgery.