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Utskriftsdato (12.12.2019)

Treatment of leukemia

Leukemia is treated primarily with drug therapy.

Radiation therapy is administered for acute leukemia if there is metastasis to the central nervous system, and in some cases for allogenic stem cell transplantation treatment with myeloablative and non-myeloablative pre-treatment.

Infertility

The question of whether patients can have children after intense chemotherapy treatment is of great significance for younger patients and their partners. The question of freezing sperm should be discussed with the patient and offered if medically justifiable.  

Freezing ovarial tissue for patient with leukemia is today experimental. There is a risk that the ovarian tissue is infiltrated with leukemia cells, and today there is no methodology for safe fertilization.