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Treatment of lymphoblastic leukaemia (acute)

Treatment of lymphoblastic leukaemia (acute)

Treatment of lymphoblastic leukaemia (acute)

Treatment of lymphoblastic leukaemia (acute)

Operations and procedures

Tests and investigations

Treatments

The diagnosis can be confirmed by blood tests and a lumbar puncture. A lumbar puncture is used to aspirate bone marrow and see whether the cancer has spread to the spinal cord and brain. The treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia depends on the age and health status of the patient.

The treatment modalities include chemotherapy, which helps in killing the abnormal cells. Radiotherapy is indicated when the malignancy has spread to the brain and spinal cord. Regular blood transfusions may be needed to prevent anaemia and bleeding. Concurrently, occurring infections need to be treated with appropriate medication. The best available treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia is replacing the affected bone marrow with a healthy one. As it is a surgical procedure, it carries some risk. Stem cell transplant, the latest advancement, may also be considered.

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia has a good prognosis and survival rate, especially in children. Most of the children diagnosed with this type of leukaemia go into complete remission with treatment.

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