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The main treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is chemotherapy. You usually have steroids as well. You might also have treatment with a targeted cancer drug. Some people will need a stem cell transplant.

Find out about the different treatments for ALL and your follow up appointments afterwards.

Treatment options

There are different types of treatment for ALL. Find out about these and how your doctor decides which treatment you need.

Phases of treatment

Treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is divided into 3 phases: induction, consolidation and maintenance therapy. Find out more.


Get information on types of chemotherapy treatment used for ALL and the possible side effects of the drugs used.


Steroids are a main part of treating ALL. Find out what they are, how you have them and their side effects.  


Find out about radiotherapy treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

Targeted cancer drugs

Find out what a targeted cancer drug is and some of the possible side effects. 

Growth factors

Information on having growth factors for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), how you have them and the possible side effects.

Stem cell or bone marrow transplants

Learn more about stem cell and bone marrow transplants for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

Side effects of treatment

Get information on the short and longer term side effects of ALL treatment.

Follow up

Find out about follow up appointments and tests after treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

Last reviewed: 
21 May 2015

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