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Chemotherapy as Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Treatment

Chemotherapy is a leukemia treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping the cells from dividing. When chemotherapy is taken by mouth or injected into a vein or muscle, the drugs enter the bloodstream and can reach cancer cells throughout the body (systemic chemotherapy). When chemotherapy is placed directly into the spinal column, an organ, or a body cavity such as the abdomen, or the drugs mainly affect cancer cells in those areas (regional chemotherapy). The way the chemotherapy is given will depend on the type and stage of the leukemia that is being treated.

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Treatment With Surgery

Surgery that is used for chronic lymphocytic treatment entails a splenectomy, which is surgery to remove the spleen.

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Treatment: Monoclonal Antibody Therapy

Monoclonal antibody therapy is a chronic lymphocytic leukemia treatment that uses antibodies made in the laboratory from a single type of immune system cell. These antibodies can identify substances on cancer cells or normal substances in the body that may help cancer cells grow. The antibodies attach to the substances and kill the cancer cells, block their growth, or keep them from spreading. Monoclonal antibodies are given by infusion and they may be used alone or to carry drugs, toxins, or radioactive material directly to cancer cells.
(Click CLL Treatment by Stage for more information about chronic lymphocytic leukemia treatment options based on the stage.)
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