Childhood AML Treatment

Stem Cell Transplantation as a Childhood AML Treatment
Stem cell transplantation is a method of giving chemotherapy and replacing blood-forming cells that are abnormal or destroyed by the cancer treatment. In stem cell transplantation, stem cells (immature blood cells) are removed from the blood or bone marrow of the patient or a donor and are frozen and stored. After the chemotherapy is completed, the stored stem cells are thawed and given back to the patient through an infusion. These reinfused stem cells grow into (and restore) the body's blood cells.
 
Other Drug Therapies Used in Childhood AML Treatment
Arsenic trioxide and all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) are anticancer drugs that kill leukemia cells, stop the leukemia cells from dividing, or help the leukemia cells mature into white blood cells. These drugs are used in the treatment of a subtype of AML called acute promyelocytic leukemia.
 
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