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A 47-year-old member asked:

Aside from ara-c, what alternative drugs are currently used for leukemia?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology 39 years experience
Anti-Leukemic Drugs: Anthracyclines like Daunorubicin or Idarubicin are frequently used with ara-c as part of initial (induction) therapy for acute myeloid leukemia. Mitoxantrone (less cardiotoxic) can be substituted for these drugs in elderly patients. Etoposide has also been added as a third agent in more refractory or relapsed cases. Vincristine, prednisone, l-asparaginase are used more in acute lymphoid leukemias.
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Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
ALL therapy also ...: Includes cyclophosphamide, antimetabolite therapies such as 6-tg, 6-mp and methotrexate, and the corticosteroid dexamethasone. Methotrexate and Cytarabine are also administered via an intrathecal route for CNS prophylaxis. There are also many new agents being evaluated in clinical trials. Everyday we are learning more and applying what we learn.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Other then ara-c, what other drugs are currently used for leukemia?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 51 years experience
There are >1 type of: I assume that your question is about Acute leukemia where Ara-C is commonly used. This is typically given in combination with other drugs like Daunorubicin or Idarubicin( for AML) and sometimes with Methotrexate(for ALL)
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