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Treatment for a blood cancer or a related blood disorder depends on several factors, including the type of disease and a person’s general health.

In cases of acute blood cancers, doctors may advise that chemotherapy be started almost immediately. For certain chronic blood cancers, no immediate treatment may be needed and a 'watch and wait' approach recommended. This section includes information about current treatments and complementary therapies, as well as links to clinical trials in Australia and around the world providing access to new and exciting cutting-edge treatments.


Chemotherapy is the use of cytotoxic (cell toxic) chemicals to help eradicate cancer.

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Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to kill cancer cells and shrink cancers. Radiotherapy is regarded as local therapy because it only destroys cancer cells in the treated area.

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Stem Cell Transplants

A stem cell transplant is a process that involves replacing blood-forming cells called stem cells that have been damaged as a result of high doses of chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

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Clinical Trials

Participation in a clinical trial can provide access to cutting-edge, potentially life-saving and life-enhancing treatments.

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Biological Therapies

Biological therapy is a type of treatment that works with your immune system.

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Targeted Therapies

Targeted therapies are more efficient in their action as they will only act on cells which contain specific cell markers, and will not act on other cells without the markers.

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