A 47-year-old member asked:
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aside from ara-c, what alternative drugs are currently used for leukemia?

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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
38 years experience Hematology and Oncology
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.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Michael Engel
20 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
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.
Answered on Jun 28, 2014

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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 Daunoru ... Read More
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Yes: Yes, ara-c has been used as part of chemotherapy regimen for acute leukemia.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
No: There are no alternative medical therapies that have an established role in the primary treatment of leukemia.

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