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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Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Acute lymphoblastic leukemia" returned 3238 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Premature atherosclerosis after treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in childhood.
 

Author(s): Elżbieta Sadurska, Agnieszka Zaucha-Prażmo, Agnieszka Brodzisz, Jerzy Kowalczyk, Iwona Beń-Skowronek

Journal: Ann Agric Environ Med. 2018 Mar;25(1):71-76.

 

Late cardiovascular complications are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in patients treated for common malignancies of childhood. Late cardiotoxicity include increased development of atherosclerosis and atherosclerosis - related diseases. An evaluation of the endothelium ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Acute lymphoblastic leukemia arising after treatment of Ewing sarcoma was misdiagnosed as bone marrow metastasis of Ewing sarcoma: A case report.
 

Author(s): Xiaohong Li, Wenchao Li, Wuning Mo, Zheng Yang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jan;97(3):e9644.

 

Both acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and Ewing sarcoma (ES) are small round cell tumors, and it is difficult to differential diagnose them because of overlapping clinical, radiographic, histologic, and immunophenotypic features.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase 677T-1298C haplotype is a risk factor for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children.
 

Author(s): Ewelina Maria Kałużna, Ewa Strauss, Bogna Świątek-Kościelna, Olga Zając-Spychała, Ewelina Gowin, Jerzy S Nowak, Jolanta Rembowska, Danuta Januszkiewicz-Lewandowska

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Dec;96(51):e9290.

 

The etiology of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is complex, linked with both environmental exposures and genetic factors. Functional variants of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene result in disturbance in folate metabolism and may affect susceptibility to cancer. ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Acute lymphoblastic leukemia" returned 223 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Aberrant Signaling Pathways in T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
 

Author(s): Deborah Bongiovanni, Valentina Saccomani, Erich Piovan

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T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is an aggressive disease caused by the malignant transformation of immature progenitors primed towards T-cell development. Clinically, T-ALL patients present with diffuse infiltration of the bone marrow by immature T-cell blasts high blood ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Novel immunotherapies for adult patients with B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
 

Author(s): Guoqing Wei, Jiasheng Wang, He Huang, Yanmin Zhao

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The past decade witnessed the rapid development of adult B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) treatment. Beyond the development of chemotherapy regimens, immunotherapy is starting a new era with unprecedented complete remission (CR) rate. Targeting B-lineage-specific surface ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a comprehensive review and 2017 update.
 

Author(s): T Terwilliger, M Abdul-Hay

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Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the second most common acute leukemia in adults, with an incidence of over 6500 cases per year in the United States alone. The hallmark of ALL is chromosomal abnormalities and genetic alterations involved in differentiation and proliferation of ...

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Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Treatment Protocol Moscow-Berlin 2015 (ALL-MB 2015)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

 

Last Updated: 9 Jan 2018

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Treatment of Newly Diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Children and Adolescents
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Pediatric

 

Last Updated: 25 Jul 2017

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Last Updated: 21 Mar 2018

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