In the UK, most treatment for ALL is given as part of large national and international clinical trials. The trials use drugs and treatments for ALL that are already known to work well, but give them in different combinations. They may also test newer types of drugs alongside current treatments. This helps doctors to improve treatments further and find out more about the best way to give them.
Each trial uses a combination of different chemotherapy drugs.
Depending on your age and general fitness you will usually be invited to enter a clinical trial. Many of the trial names begin with the name ‘UKALL’ which stands for United Kingdom Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Your doctor will tell you about the UKALL trial which you can enter. The following are some of the current trials available in the UK. There may be other trials available which your doctor will discuss with you.