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Leukemia

Leukemia

Leukemia is a form of cancer that starts in the bone marrow and affects the blood cells. It causes the bone marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells, which grow quicker than usual and start to crowd out normal cells. 

There are two varieties of leukemia: lymphocytic leukemia, which affects the white blood cells, and myelogenous leukemia, which affects platelets and red blood cells. Both may be either acute or chronic: acute leukemia worsens rapidly and symptoms manifest within a short space of time, while chronic leukemia may not appear for years, but gets progressively worse.

Symptoms of leukemia include swollen gland in the neck, groin or under the arm, frequent nosebleeds, night sweats, fevers, unexplained weight loss and tiredness. 

No cure is available for leukemia, but medications can prolong the life of those with the condition. Drug classes commonly prescribed to treat leukemia include: antirheumetics, antimetabolites antineoplastic agents, nitrogen mustard analogs, interferon alphas, protein kinase inhibitors, antineoplastic monoclonal antibodies, and purine analogs.


Drugs Used To Treat Leukemia:

Systemic Corticosteroids, Plain
Commonly used to treat Allergies, Leukemia, Lupus, Psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic ITP.
Other Specific Antirheumatics
Commonly used to treat Lung Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Leukemia, Psoriasis, acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL).
Systemic Corticosteroids, Plain
Commonly used to treat Asthma, Eczema, Leukemia, Lupus, Psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis.
Systemic Corticosteroids, Plain
Commonly used to treat Allergies, Leukemia, Lupus, Psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic ITP.
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Commonly used to treat Leukemia, GIST, Mastocytosis, acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), systemic mastocytosis, chronic eosinophilic leukemia (CEL).

Drugs Related to Leukemia:

Systemic Corticosteroids, Plain
Commonly used to treat Allergies, Leukemia, Lupus, Psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic ITP.
Other Specific Antirheumatics
Commonly used to treat Lung Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Leukemia, Psoriasis, acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL).
Systemic Corticosteroids, Plain
Commonly used to treat Asthma, Eczema, Leukemia, Lupus, Psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis.
Systemic Corticosteroids, Plain
Commonly used to treat Allergies, Leukemia, Lupus, Psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic ITP.
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Commonly used to treat Leukemia, GIST, Mastocytosis, acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), systemic mastocytosis, chronic eosinophilic leukemia (CEL).
Other Antimetabolites Antineoplastic Agents
Commonly used to treat Leukemia, Ovarian Cancer, head and neck cancer, chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), skin cancer, Thrombocythemia.
Interferons, Alpha
Commonly used to treat Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HPV and Genital Warts, Leukemia, Kaposi's Sarcoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL).
Nitrogen Mustard Analogs
Commonly used to treat Breast Cancer, Leukemia, Hodgkin's Disease, Ovarian Cancer, acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Commonly used to treat Leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).
Antineoplastic Monoclonal Antibodies
Commonly used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis, Leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), myasthenia gravis, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL).

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