This approach is an option for people with hairy cell leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome. It involves close monitoring and regularly performed tests and exams. If changes occur, a more extensive treatment plan is implemented.
Biologic therapy that stimulates the body’s immune system to fight cancer is often referred to as immunotherapy. Biologic therapy is an option for some people who don't respond to other treatments.
Chemotherapy kills or slows the growth of cancer cells. Systemic chemotherapy is administered to the whole body via oral medication or an injection. It can be given in the hospital or at home.
Monoclonal antibody therapy is a targeted therapy that is administered orally. The monoclonal antibodies attach to substances that make cancer cells grow, then kill the cancer cells or halt their growth.
A stem cell or bone marrow transplant replaces leukemia cells with healthy blood cells.