Leukemia is a cancer of the blood cells, the development of which begins in the bone marrow, inside the bones in the soft tissue.
Chemotherapy is the standard treatment for several types of leukemia. Even if the disease is incurable, chemotherapy allows the patient to live longer and feel better. Chemotherapy used in leukemia usually involves the use of several drugs. This is because certain drugs affect cancer cells in different ways. Also, the combination of several drugs in chemotherapy helps to avoid the habituation of cancer cells to a particular drug. Other drugs that are used to treat leukemia, help to avoid infections and help the body produce new blood cells.
Antibiotics and immunoglobulins help prevent and combat infectious diseases. When there is a lack of normal leukocytes, the body can not independently fight infectious diseases. In the chemotherapeutic treatment of chronic leukemia, one drug or a combination of medications can be used.