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What Happens When I Start ALL Treatment?

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Published on March 15, 2016

Dr. Ryan Cassaday from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Seattle, Wash. discusses initial stage of ALL treatment using chemotherapy. Following the initial chemotherapy that gets the disease under control, patients can be discharged from a hospital to continue with a specific course of treatment that is tailored specifically to them.

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Dr. Cassaday:
The treatment, currently typically involves multi drug chemotherapy regimens.  The good news is that chemotherapy works very, very well at killing these cells, so over decades, really, of research have been able to identify a number of the most active chemotherapy drugs in ALL.  So, most of the regimens that we use to treat this disease include many of these drugs given in combination, basically to sort of hit the cancer cell from multiple angles.  Once things have sort of cooled off and we have things under better control then we're usually able to discharge patients from the hospital to continue on with their course of treatment.  That course of treatment, depending on the specifics and the patient situation and what the ultimate goals are, can sometimes last months and even years.

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