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Leukemia – Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)

Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) occurs when too many lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, are produced in the body. Acute means the leukemia can occur quickly and tends to progress rapidly.


Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is more common in children than adults, with most children between the ages of two and four when the cancer is found.

Understanding Your Diagnosis

Your doctor may order specific tests to determine your type of leukemia such as a blood test, an imaging test, a biopsy, or a lumbar puncture.

Deciding on Treatment

Specific treatment for acute lymphocytic leukemia will be determined by your health care team and may include chemotherapy, radiation, targeted drug therapy, and bone marrow transplantation.

Managing Side Effects

Side effects can occur during treatment for cancer. Your health care team can provide ways to help you manage and minimize them.

Advanced Reading

Learn more about acute lymphocytic leukemia from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Physician Data Query (PDQ®) for patients. It includes information about prevention, screening, and treatment.


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