Maintenance Therapy

Maintenance therapy is given over the longer term to help prevent the risk of relapse, and is a standard phase for patients undergoing ALL treatment. It helps to ensure that any leukaemia cells present following induction and consolidation therapy are destroyed.

A maintenance regimen will usually involve daily or weekly oral medications and chemotherapy sessions given on a monthly basis, which continues for around 2 to 3 years. The medications are generally given in lower doses than those given in earlier phases. As a result, the side-effects of maintenance treatment are usually less severe than those associated with induction and consolidation therapy. During this phase, most patients return to their usual daily activities. 

 

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Page last updated on April 3, 2017