Supportive Care

Throughout your ALL treatment, you will be offered supportive care. This type of treatment is not given to treat your disease as such, but to help you to manage the symptoms and side-effects that can occur with ALL and its treatment.

For patients with ALL, some common symptoms include high white blood cell count, low numbers of neutrophils in the blood, known as neutropenia, anaemia, low numbers of platelets in the blood, known as thrombocytopenia, infection, and tumour lysis syndrome, caused by breakdown of tumour cells in the body.

Supportive care varies from patient to patient, but may include medication, blood product transfusion, nutritional changes, relaxation techniques, and emotional support, among others. 

 

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Important Points About Stem Cell Transplants for Acute Leukemia

Professor Charles Craddock of the Queen Elizabeth University, Birmingham discusses the factors that must be considered before a transplantation in acute leukemia.

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Page last updated on July 3, 2019