Flexi Says: Nearly all cancers are caused by mutations in the DNA of the abnormal cells. If leukemia is treated early, it usually can be cured. In fact, many cancers can be cured, which is known as remission, if treated early. Treatment of cancer often involves removing a tumor with surgery. This may be followed by other types of treatments. These treatments may include drugs (known as chemotherapy) and radiation therapy, which kill cancer cells. The sooner cancer is treated, the greater the chances of a cure.