Keep your friends and family closer together. Keeping close relationships will help you deal with leukemia. Friends and family can give you the support they need. For example, helping you look after yourself if you are in a hospital. Find someone you can talk to. Find a good listener who is ready to listen to you to talk about your hopes and fears. It may also be helpful to fear and understand a counselor, social worker, clergy or cancer support group.
Take care of yourself. It is easy to fall into tests, treatments and treatment procedures. But it's important to look after yourself, not just cancer. Try to spend time on yoga, cooking or other favorite pastimes.
The treatment of leukemia is possible. Doctors choose treatment according to the age, type and overall health of the patient. The treatment of your leukemia depends on many factors. Your doctor will determine your options for treating leukemia based on your age and general health, the type of leukemia, and whether it may spread to other parts of your body, including the central nervous system. Common treatments for leukemia include:
Chemotherapy is one of the best treats for leukemia. This pharmacological treatment uses chemicals to kill leukemic cells. Depending on the type of leukemia you have, you may be given a single drug or combination of medications. These drugs can be in the form of tablets or injected directly into a vein.
In biological therapy, your immune system uses treatments to recognize and attack leukemia cells.
Targeted therapy uses drugs that attack certain weak spots in cancer cells.
Radiotherapy uses X-rays or other high-energy beams to damage leukemic cells and stop their growth. During radiation therapy, you are lying on a table. A large machine moves around you and directs the radiation to specific points in your body. You can receive radiation in a particular area of your body. Leukemia cells are collected or it can be irradiated throughout your body. Radiation therapy can be used to prepare a stem cell transplant.
Stem Cell Transplantation.
A stem cell transplant is a procedure to replace your diseased bone marrow with healthy bone marrow. Before a stem cell transplant, you will receive high doses of chemotherapy or radiation to destroy your bone marrow. You will then receive an infusion of hematopoietic stem cells that will help rebuild your bone marrow.
You may receive donor stem cells or, in some cases, use your own stem cells. Stem cell transplantation is very similar to bone marrow transplantation. In leukemia, the support to the patient is very helpful for treatment. Diagnosis of leukemia can be catastrophic, especially for a newly diagnosed child's family. Over time, you'll find ways to deal with anxiety and cancer insecurity. Until then, you may find that it helps.