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Chemotherapy drugs

Chemotherapy is the main treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. You usually have several chemotherapy drugs, often with steroids. Find out about the different types of chemotherapy drugs doctors may use for the treatment of ALL, and the possible side effects.

Amsacrine (Amsidine, m-AMSA)

Read about amsacrine and its possible side effects for the treatment of ALL.

Asparaginase

Read about asparaginase and its possible side effects for the treatment of ALL.

Cyclophosphamide

Read about cyclophosphamide and the possible side effects for the treatment of ALL.

Cytarabine

Read about cytarabine and its possible side effects for the treatment of ALL.

Daunorubicin

Read about daunorubicin and its possible side effects for the treatment of ALL.

Doxorubicin

Read about doxorubicin and its possible side effects for the treatment of ALL.

Etoposide

Read about etoposide and its possible side effects for the treatment of ALL.

Mercaptopurine

Read about mercaptopurine and its possible side effects for the treatment of ALL.

Methotrexate

Read about methotrexate and its possible side effects for the treatment of ALL.

Nelarabine

Read about nelarabine and its possible side effects for the treatment of ALL.

Tioguanine

Read about tioguanine and its possible side effects for the treatment of ALL.

Vincristine

Read about vincristine and its possible side effects for the treatment of ALL.

Steroids

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

Last reviewed: 
08 May 2018

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