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 3079 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Rituximab in B-Lineage Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
 

Author(s): Sébastien Maury, Sylvie Chevret, Xavier Thomas, Dominik Heim, Thibaut Leguay, Françoise Huguet, Patrice Chevallier, Mathilde Hunault, Nicolas Boissel, Martine Escoffre-Barbe, Urs Hess, Norbert Vey, Jean-Michel Pignon, Thorsten Braun, Jean-Pierre Marolleau, Jean-Yves Cahn, Yves Chalandon, Véronique Lhéritier, Kheira Beldjord, Marie C Béné, Norbert Ifrah, Hervé Dombret,

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2016 Sep;375(11):1044-53.

 

Treatment with rituximab has improved the outcome for patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Patients with B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) may also have the CD20 antigen, which is targeted by rituximab. Although single-group studies suggest that adding rituximab to chemotherapy ...

Last Updated: 15 Sep 2016

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Inotuzumab Ozogamicin versus Standard Therapy for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
 

Author(s): Hagop M Kantarjian, Daniel J DeAngelo, Matthias Stelljes, Giovanni Martinelli, Michaela Liedtke, Wendy Stock, Nicola Gökbuget, Susan O'Brien, Kongming Wang, Tao Wang, M Luisa Paccagnella, Barbara Sleight, Erik Vandendries, Anjali S Advani

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2016 Aug;375(8):740-53.

 

The prognosis for adults with relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia is poor. We sought to determine whether inotuzumab ozogamicin, an anti-CD22 antibody conjugated to calicheamicin, results in better outcomes in patients with relapsed or refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia than ...

Last Updated: 25 Aug 2016

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[Prognostic value of bone marrow hematogones in childhood B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia].
 

Author(s): Yue-Fan Wang, Yong-Mei Jiang, Ju Gao, Ping Zhou, Ge Zhang

Journal: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke Za Zhi. 2016 Apr;18(4):292-6.

 

To study the prognostic value of hematogones (HGs) for childhood B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) during consolidation chemotherapy.

Last Updated: 21 Apr 2016

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The terms "Acute lymphoblastic leukemia" returned 196 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Potential for bispecific T-cell engagers: role of blinatumomab in acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
 

Author(s): Caroline Le Jeune, Xavier Thomas

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Patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and patients whose minimal residual disease persists during treatment have a poor leukemia-free survival. Despite improvements in front-line therapy, the outcome in these patients remains poor, ...

Last Updated: 3 Mar 2016

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Primary Central Nervous System Histiocytic Sarcoma Arising After Precursor B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
 

Author(s): Alan F Brown, Hongxin Fan, John R Floyd, James M Henry, Russell A Higgins

Journal: J. Neuropathol. Exp. Neurol.. 2015 Dec;74(12):1120-6.

 

Histiocytic sarcomas (HSs) are rare malignant neoplasms derived from histiocytes that may be associated with other hematolymphoid neoplasms. Histiocytic sarcomas rarely occur in the CNS and have not previously been reported in conjunction with prior B-cell lymphoblastic leukemia. ...

Last Updated: 20 Nov 2015

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CD19 chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy for the treatment of B cell lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
 

Author(s): Runzhe Chen, Xiao-Tong Song, Baoan Chen

Journal: Discov Med. 2015 Oct;20(110):185-90.

 

Relapsed and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) remains difficult to treat, with minimal improvement in outcomes despite advances in upfront therapy and improved survival for de novo ALL. Targeted immunotherapy for cancer represents a promising new treatment and utilizing ...

Last Updated: 13 Nov 2015

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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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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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Treatment for Executive Dysfunction in Adult Survivors of Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

 

Last Updated: 16 Jun 2016

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