What Is ALL?
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer of the bone marrow and blood that progresses rapidly without treatment. That’s why it’s important to start treatment soon after diagnosis.
What You Should Know
- ALL is also called acute lymphocytic leukemia and acute lymphoid leukemia.
- ALL is the most common type of cancer in children from 1 to 7 years old.
- ALL is the most common type of leukemia in children from infancy up to age 19.
- ALL affects the blood cells and immune system.
- There are several ALL subtypes.
- The type of treatment you receive and your treatment outcome depend on your ALL subtype and individual risk factors.
- Overall survival statistics for people with ALL are 66.4 percent (all ages) and 90.8 percent for children under 5 years old, according to the National Cancer Institute.
What You Should Do
- Seek treatment in a cancer center where doctors are experienced in treating patients with acute leukemia.
- Talk with your doctor about your diagnostic tests and what the results mean.
- Talk with your doctor about all your treatment options and the results you can expect from treatment.