What are the treatment options for relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Karen Seiter, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Patients with relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have an extremely poor prognosis. Most patients are referred for investigational therapies. Patients who have not previously undergone transplantation are referred for such therapy, preferably after obtaining a complete response to salvage therapy. Reinduction regimens include standard chemotherapy regimens (similar to the front-line setting), novel chemotherapeutic agents or immunotherapies (blinatumomab, inotuzumab ozogamicin, or tisagenlecleucel). Patients with Ph+ disease generally receive a tyrosine kinase inhibitor either alone or in combination with other therapies.


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