A to Z: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about different types of leukemia and cancers that affect the blood and bone marrow.acute lymphoblastic leukemia, ALL, acute lymphocytic leukemia, acute lymphoid leukemia, leukemia, cancer, blood, bone marrow, white blood cells, WBCs, lymphoblasts, chemotherapy, CD1Oncology (Cancer Care), CD1Leukemia, CD1Hematology(Blood05/29/201303/18/201909/02/2019f51ee13c-0d4b-45b3-9daa-265eb00a069ahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-all.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><strong>May also be called: Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia; ALL</strong></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/all.html/">Acute lymphoblastic leukemia</a> is a type of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/cancer-center.html/">cancer</a> that causes the body to make too many abnormal immature white blood cells (called lymphoblasts).</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Normally, white <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/blood.html/">blood</a> cells (WBCs) help fight infection and protect the body against disease. With leukemia, WBCs turn cancerous and multiply when they shouldn't, resulting in too many abnormal WBCs, which then interfere with organ function.</p> <p>In acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), too many lymphoblasts are made. These cells are abnormal and can't mature into normal white blood cells. Abnormal cells build up, and fewer healthy cells are made, leading to serious complications.</p> <p>Doctors don't know what causes acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but it affects about 75% of kids with leukemia. ALL is called "acute" because it tends to get worse quickly if left untreated.</p> <p>Symptoms include fatigue, fever, bone pain, night sweats, recurrent infections, and easy bleeding and bruising. Treatment for ALL involves <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/chemotherapy.html/">chemotherapy</a> to kill as many cancer cells as possible, and then maintenance chemotherapy for several years to keep the cancer from coming back.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>The outlook for kids with ALL is promising. Overall cure rates differ depending on the specific features of a child's disease. With treatment, some forms of childhood ALL have cure rates up to 90%.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common type of childhood cancer. Because it develops and gets worse quickly, prompt treatment is very important. With treatment, most kids are cured.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/all.html/70e490be-1dce-4795-821e-c0ba28838828
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) happens when the body makes too many immature white blood cells. Among kids with leukemia, 20% have this type. With treatment, most recover.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/aml.html/7f9a5d82-cefc-4e34-8942-a11c3d0397f9
Aspiration and Biopsy: Bone MarrowA bone marrow aspiration and biopsy are performed to examine bone marrow, the spongy liquid part of the bone where blood cells are made.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/aspiration.html/5925b589-4487-4975-85f6-850dc8c31e07
Cancer CenterFrom treatments and prevention to coping with the emotional aspects of cancer, the Cancer Center provides comprehensive information that parents need.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/cancer-center.html/92fcdf56-6935-42ac-a953-9eaf5f96fe2f
Childhood CancerDifferent kinds of childhood cancer have different signs, symptoms, treatments, and outcomes. But today, most kids with cancer get better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cancer.html/fb37fd75-d961-43c2-b963-ef6f60486038
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)While this type of blood cancer is more common in adults, it affects children, too. Thanks to advances in therapy, most kids with CML can be cured.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cml.html/0c391d33-30a9-4d60-a548-26b06f0efe01
Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML)Learn about this rare type of cancer, which usually affects kids under 4 years old.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/jmml.html/5f3d296a-f5db-4b0d-9f35-70461657d102
LeukemiaLeukemia refers to cancers of the white blood cells. With the proper treatment, the outlook for kids with leukemia is quite good.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cancer-leukemia.html/d78fde51-319d-4c82-9476-e1e16f31c187
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