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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 in adults 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.


Chemotherapy is the main treatment for ALL. Find out when you have chemotherapy, the types of drugs you might have and the possible side effects.


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

Targeted cancer drugs and immunotherapy for ALL

Doctors might give targeted cancer drugs or immunotherapy for some people with ALL. Find out about these types of treatment, when you might have them and the possible side effects.


Radiotherapy means the use of radiation, usually x-rays, to treat cancer. You might have radiotherapy as part of your treatment for ALL. Find out about radiotherapy planning and how you have the treatment.

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

Find out about the short and long term side effects of ALL treatment.

Follow up

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

Research and clinical trials

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

Last reviewed: 
10 May 2018

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