Remission induction therapy

The goal of remission induction is to kill leukemia cells, so the patient no longer has symptoms.

During this first phase of treatment, the patient will likely need to stay in the hospital and may be in isolation to help protect them from infection. The patient will receive chemotherapy through a vein and usually takes more than one drug at a time, which is called combination therapy. This reduces the chance that the cancer will develop a resistance to one drug. It also makes it more likely that the treatment will be successful.

Which drugs a patient receives, as well as how long they receive them, will depend on many factors, including general health and age.

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