Acute promyelocytic leukemia
Your QuestionI was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia 5 years ago. I have relapsed two times and have been on arsenic treatment since September 2010. My doctors don't know how to continue with my treatment as arsenic is not a controlled drug in Ireland. Can you provide me with information about treatment for this condition?
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Patients who cannot tolerate an anthracycline drug may get ATRA plus another drug called arsenic trioxide. Arsenic trioxide has also proven to be an effective alternative for the 20% to 30% of patients with APL who don't respond to initial treatment or who relapse. If treatment with arsenic trioxide achieves a remission, further courses of this drug may be given. An autologous stem cell transplant may also be an option. If a second remission is not achieved, treatment options may include an allogeneic stem cell transplant or taking part in a clinical trial.
- Treatment of acute promyelocytic (M3) leukemia. American Cancer Society. December 2010; http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/Leukemia-AcuteMyeloidAML/DetailedGuide/leukemia-acute-myeloid-myelogenous-treating-m3-leukemia. Accessed 6/23/2011.
- What if the leukemia doesn`t respond or comes back after treatment?. American Cancer Society. December 2010; http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/Leukemia-AcuteMyeloidAML/DetailedGuide/leukemia-acute-myeloid-myelogenous-treating-recurrence. Accessed 6/23/2011.