Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Karen Seiter, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids may be used during induction, consolidation, and/or maintenance therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Prednisone (Deltasone, Rayos)

Prednisone is a corticosteroid that has a wide range of activities. In ALL, this agent is used because of its direct antileukemic effects.

Dexamethasone (DexPak, LoCort, ZonaCort)

Dexamethasone is another corticosteroid that acts as an important chemotherapeutic agent in the treatment of ALL. Like prednisone, this agent is used in induction and reinduction therapy and is also given as intermittent pulses during continuation therapy.


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