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 2503 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Identification of CD34+ and CD34- leukemia-initiating cells in MLL-rearranged human acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
 

Author(s): Yuki Aoki, Takashi Watanabe, Yoriko Saito, Yoko Kuroki, Atsushi Hijikata, Masatoshi Takagi, Daisuke Tomizawa, Mariko Eguchi, Minenori Eguchi-Ishimae, Akiko Kaneko, Rintaro Ono, Kaori Sato, Nahoko Suzuki, Saera Fujiki, Katsuyoshi Koh, Eiichi Ishii, Leonard D Shultz, Osamu Ohara, Shuki Mizutani, Fumihiko Ishikawa

Journal: Blood. 2015 Feb;125(6):967-80.

 

Translocation of the mixed-lineage leukemia (MLL) gene with AF4, AF9, or ENL results in acute leukemia with both lymphoid and myeloid involvement. We characterized leukemia-initiating cells (LICs) in primary infant MLL-rearranged leukemia using a xenotransplantation model. In MLL-AF4 ...

Last Updated: 6 Feb 2015

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The role of the Janus-faced transcription factor PAX5-JAK2 in acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
 

Author(s): Dagmar Schinnerl, Klaus Fortschegger, Maximilian Kauer, João R M Marchante, Reinhard Kofler, Monique L Den Boer, Sabine Strehl

Journal: Blood. 2015 Feb;125(8):1282-91.

 

PAX5-JAK2 has recently been identified as a novel recurrent fusion gene in B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but the function of the encoded chimeric protein has not yet been characterized in detail. Herein we show that the PAX5-JAK2 chimera, which consists of the DNA-binding ...

Last Updated: 21 Feb 2015

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[Invasive fungal rhinosinusitis in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia during chemotherapy: a report of 2 cases].
 

Author(s): Chun-Huai Li, Yong-Yan He, Yue Wang, Lu Xue, Cui Ma, Yang-Fan Hu

Journal: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke Za Zhi. 2014 Oct;16(10):1060-1.

 

Last Updated: 25 Oct 2014

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The terms "Acute lymphoblastic leukemia" returned 158 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Treatment of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
 

Author(s): Stacy L Cooper, Patrick A Brown

Journal: Pediatr. Clin. North Am.. 2015 Feb;62(1):61-73.

 

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common pediatric oncologic diagnosis, and advances in its treatment have led to progressive improvements in survival. The 4 main components of therapy are remission induction, consolidation, maintenance, and central nervous system-directed ...

Last Updated: 1 Dec 2014

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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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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: Adult B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Adult T Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Childhood B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Childhood T Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Untreated Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Untreated Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

 

Last Updated: 31 Mar 2015

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Risk-Adapted Chemotherapy in Younger Patients With Newly Diagnosed Standard-Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: B-cell Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Childhood Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Untreated Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Untreated Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

 

Last Updated: 3 Mar 2015

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