What is included in standard induction chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Karen Seiter, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Standard induction therapy typically involves either a four-drug regimen of vincristine, prednisone, an anthracycline, and cyclophosphamide or L-asparaginase or a five-drug regimen of vincristine, prednisone, an anthracycline, cyclophosphamide, and L -asparaginase given over the course of 4-6 weeks. Using this approach, complete remissions (CRs) are obtained in 65-85% of patients.


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