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LEUKEMIA

ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA (ALL)

What is Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia?

Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer that starts from white blood cells called lymphocytes in the bone marrow (the soft inner part of the bones, where new blood cells are generated).

The term “acute” means that the leukemia can progress quickly, and if not treated, would probably be fatal within a few months. ‘Lymphoblastic’ means it develops from early (immature) forms of lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell.

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is the commonest childhood cancer. This arises from abnormalities in the precursors of normal lymphocytes which are otherwise a normal part of our immune system necessary to fight infections. These abnormal cells rapidly fill up the bone marrow space suppressing the normal cells.

In most cases, the disease is characterized by certain abnormalities in the chromosomes which promote abnormal growth of certain lymphoid cells rather than maturation to normal lymphocytes.

What Causes Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia?
What are the Symptoms of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or Acute Lymphoid Leukemia?
How do we Diagnose Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia?
How do we classify Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia to decide on the outcome?
What is Minimal Residual Disease?
How do we treat Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia?
How is ALL in Adults different from that in Children?
What is different about treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia?
BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTATION (BMT) FOR ADULTS WITH ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA

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