Acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Common Name(s)

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Acute lymphocytic leukemia

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a quickly progressing (acute) cancer of the white blood cells. These white blood cells, also called lymphocytes, are produced in the bone marrow (inner part of the bones) and are part of our body’s immune system which fights infections. The bone marrow also makes red blood cells (which carry oxygen to all the cells of our body) and platelets (which help our blood clot). ALL occurs when cancerous, immature white blood cells are overproduced in the bone marrow, which limits the production of other blood cells, such as red blood cells and platelets. ALL is most common among children ages 2 through 5 and the elderly. The symptoms that result are fever, shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, vomiting, increased bleeding, bleeding from the gums, and an increased risk of infections like pneumonia.

Diagnosis of ALL includes examining family history, a physical exam, blood counts, and a blood smear. A bone marrow biopsy may also be used to make a concrete diagnosis. Treatments have improved over the years, and about 80% of children diagnosed with ALL are cured. However, the prognosis for older individuals suffering from ALL are less positive. There are many treatment options such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biological therapy, and immunotherapy. These may be used alone or in combination with each other. While treatment and survival has improved, early detection is key. It is important to talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you think you or your child may have ALL.

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National Bone Marrow Transplant Link

The mission of the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link is to help patients, caregivers, and families cope with the social and emotional challenges of bone marrow/stem cell transplant from diagnosis through survivorship by providing vital information and personalized support services.

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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National Bone Marrow Transplant Link

The mission of the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link is to help patients, caregivers, and families cope with the social and emotional challenges of bone marrow/stem cell transplant from diagnosis through survivorship by providing vital information and personalized support services.

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Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Acute lymphoblastic leukemia" returned 3036 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy for adult Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia: Two case reports.
 

Author(s): Yang-Min Zhu, Zhao Wu, You-Ping Tan, Yuan-Yuan Du, Zhi Liu, Rui-Ming Ou, Shuang Liu, Cheng-Fei Pu, Jing Jiang, Jin-Ping Wang, Lei Xiao, Qing Zhang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Dec;95(51):e5676.

 

The presence of the Philadelphia chromosome (Ph) in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) has been associated with a high risk of disease relapse and a poor prognosis. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is an established treatment for adults with Ph-positive ALL, ...

Last Updated: 21 Dec 2016

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A childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia genome-wide association study identifies novel sex-specific risk variants.
 

Author(s): Sandeep K Singh, Philip J Lupo, Michael E Scheurer, Anshul Saxena, Amy E Kennedy, Boubakari Ibrahimou, Manuel Alejandro Barbieri, Ken I Mills, Jacob L McCauley, Mehmet Fatih Okcu, Mehmet Tevfik Dorak

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Nov;95(46):e5300.

 

Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) occurs more frequently in males. Reasons behind sex differences in childhood ALL risk are unknown. In the present genome-wide association study (GWAS), we explored the genetic basis of sex differences by comparing genotype frequencies between ...

Last Updated: 18 Nov 2016

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Utility of the serum galactomannan assay for the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
 

Author(s): Gulhadiye Avcu, Deniz Yilmaz Karapinar, Ayse Burcu Akinci, Zuhal Onder Sivis, Akkiz Sahin, Zumrut Sahbudak Bal, Suleyha Hilmioglu Polat, Dilek Yesim Metin, Fadil Vardar, Yesim Aydinok

Journal: Int. J. Infect. Dis.. 2017 Jan;54():8-12.

 

Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is an important cause of mortality and morbidity in children with hematological malignancies. The monitoring of serum galactomannan (GM) antigen is considered useful in the diagnosis of IA . The aim of this study was to determine the utility of serum GM ...

Last Updated: 5 Nov 2016

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The terms "Acute lymphoblastic leukemia" returned 202 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Advances in the Genetics and Therapy of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
 

Author(s): Sabina Chiaretti, Valentina Gianfelici, Susan M O'Brien, Charles G Mullighan

Journal: Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2016 ;35():e314-22.

 

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) remains an important cause of morbidity in children and adults. In this article, we highlight advances in the genetics and therapy of three key subtypes of ALL: T-cell ALL, BCR-ABL1 (Philadelphia [Ph] chromosone-positive), and Ph-like ALL. T-ALL ...

Last Updated: 2 Jun 2016

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Minimal Residual Disease Evaluation in Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: An Economic Analysis.
 

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Minimal residual disease (MRD) testing by higher performance techniques such as flow cytometry and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) can be used to detect the proportion of remaining leukemic cells in bone marrow or peripheral blood during and after the first phases of chemotherapy ...

Last Updated: 21 Apr 2016

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Minimal Residual Disease Evaluation in Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: A Clinical Evidence Review.
 

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Leukemia accounts for nearly a third of childhood cancers in Canada, with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) comprising nearly 80% of cases. Identification of prognostic factors that allow risk stratification and tailored treatment have improved overall survival. However, nearly a ...

Last Updated: 21 Apr 2016

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D-ALBA Frontline Sequential Dasatinib and Blinatumomab in Adult Philadelphia Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

 

Last Updated: 21 Nov 2016

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Treatment of Newly Diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Children and Adolescents
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Pediatric

 

Last Updated: 11 Jan 2017

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Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation for Children and Adolescents With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia

 

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2016

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