Children who have acute lymphocytic leukemia may be prescribed a chemotherapy drug called teniposide. Teniposide interferes with the growth of cancer cells in the immune system in order to stop cancer from developing. The drug is injected directly into the child’s veins. This medication may also be given to adults who have had acute lymphocytic leukemia since childhood.
This medication can cause the bone marrow to severely limit production of white blood cells. As a result, children and adults who take this medication are at risk for infections because their immune systems are compromised. See your doctor if you have fever, chills, a sore throat or any other signs of infection.
Patients who have begun puberty may not have normal menstrual cycles or sperm production. However, patients should not assume they cannot contribute to conception because of this medication and should continue to use birth control while on the medication.