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Treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

You usually have treatment as part of a clinical trial. The main treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is chemotherapy. You usually also have steroids. Some people might have a targeted cancer drug, immunotherapy, a stem cell or bone marrow transplant, or radiotherapy.

Find out about these different treatments for ALL in adults and your follow up appointments afterwards.

Treatment options for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

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

Phases of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

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

Chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

Chemotherapy is the main treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Get an overview of the phases of treatment and what to expect.

Targeted cancer drugs and immunotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

Doctors may use targeted cancer drugs or immunotherapy to help treat some types of ALL. Find out what these treatments are, and how and when you might have them.

Stem cell or bone marrow transplants for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

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

Radiotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

Find out about having radiotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). The most common typeyou have it total body irradiation (TBI). 

Side effects of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

Your guide to  short and long term side effects of ALL treatment.

Follow up for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

You have follow up appointments and tests after treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Find out what to expect. 

Research and clinical trials for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

Read about research into acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), and find out what clinical trials are and how to take part. 

Last reviewed: 
29 Jul 2021
Next review due: 
29 Jul 2024
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