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

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The terms "Acute lymphoblastic leukemia" returned 2394 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Increased B-lymphocyte prognitor cells in a boy with acute lymphoblastic leukemia after chemotherapy].
 

Author(s): Qi-Dong Ye, Xiang Wang, Yan Miao, Ci Pan, Jing-Yan Tang

Journal: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke Za Zhi. 2014 Sep;16(9):955-6.

 

Last Updated: 18 Sep 2014

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[A case of acute lymphoblastic leukemia with the initial signs of immature monoblastic and skin lesions].
 

Author(s): Hao Ai, Xudong Wei, Qingsong Yin, Huifang Zhao, Ruihua Mi, Yongping Song

Journal: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue Za Zhi. 2014 Jul;35(7):670.

 

Last Updated: 23 Jul 2014

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[Application of three-probe fluorescence in situ hybridization panel in the diagnosis of pediatric B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia].
 

Author(s): Jing Fan, Chengwen Li, Jiawei Zhao, Jinying Gong, Yingchun Zheng, Kun Ru

Journal: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue Za Zhi. 2014 Jun;35(6):542-5.

 

To evaluate the three-probe fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) panel in the diagnosis of pediatric B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL).

Last Updated: 2 Jul 2014

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The terms "Acute lymphoblastic leukemia" returned 147 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Development of asparaginase Erwinia chrysanthemi for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
 

Author(s): Wanda L Salzer, Barbara L Asselin, Paul V Plourde, Tim Corn, Stephen P Hunger

Journal: Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci.. 2014 Nov;1329():81-92.

 

Since it was identified in 1963 as the antileukemic agent in guinea pig serum, L-asparaginase (ASNase) has become an integral component of chemotherapy protocols to treat patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Escherichia coli and Erwinia chrysanthemi provide the sources ...

Last Updated: 17 Nov 2014

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The biology of relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia: opportunities for therapeutic interventions.
 

Author(s): Teena Bhatla, Courtney L Jones, Julia A Meyer, Nicholas A Vitanza, Elizabeth A Raetz, William L Carroll

Journal: J. Pediatr. Hematol. Oncol.. 2014 Aug;36(6):413-8.

 

Although great strides have been made in the improvement of outcome for newly diagnosed pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia because of refinements in risk stratification and selective intensification of therapy, the prognosis for relapsed leukemia has lagged behind significantly. ...

Last Updated: 23 Jul 2014

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Mercaptopurine/Methotrexate maintenance therapy of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: clinical facts and fiction.
 

Author(s): Kjeld Schmiegelow, Stine N Nielsen, Thomas L Frandsen, Jacob Nersting

Journal: J. Pediatr. Hematol. Oncol.. 2014 Oct;36(7):503-17.

 

The antileukemic mechanisms of 6-mercaptopurine (6MP) and methotrexate (MTX) maintenance therapy are poorly understood, but the benefits of several years of myelosuppressive maintenance therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia are well proven. Currently, there is no international ...

Last Updated: 24 Sep 2014

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Phase I Study of MLN 9708 in Addition to Chemotherapy for the Treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Older Adults
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Lymphoblastic Lymphoma; B-cell Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; T-cell Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

 

Last Updated: 15 Dec 2014

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Risk-Based Classification System of Patients With Newly Diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: B-cell Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; B-cell Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; T-cell Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; T-cell Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Untreated Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Untreated Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

 

Last Updated: 9 Sep 2014

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Treatment Protocol of Children With Philadelphia Chromosome Negative High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Philadelphia Chromosome, Ph^1^, Absent; B-cell Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

 

Last Updated: 20 Nov 2013

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