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Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia


(also referred to as acute lymphocytic leukemia)



Definition:

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common form of childhood cancer. It affects lymphocytes, a class of white blood cells. Leukemic cells accumulate in the bone marrow, replace normal blood cells and spread to the liver, spleen, lymph nodes, central nervous system, kidneys and gonads.


Incidence:

About 2,500 children are diagnosed each year in the United States. Peak incidence occurs from ages 3 to 5 years old.


Survival rates:

About 98 percent of children with newly diagnosed ALL attain an initial complete remission (absence of leukemic cells) in four to six weeks. At least 80 percent of children are cured. If the child does not have a relapse within three years after therapy is stopped, the likelihood of continued disease-free survival is excellent.


Treatment:

Chemotherapy until complete remission is achieved. Additional drugs are used to kill any surviving malignant cells. All chemotherapy is stopped after two to three years of treatment. Bone marrow transplantation is an option for very high-risk cases or following relapse.


Influencing factors:

ALL affects slightly more boys than girls. It occurs more frequently among whites than blacks.


No one can say for sure why Chance was stricken with ALL. The reasons could be a complex issue due to environment, genetics and a multitude of many other factors. All unclear or unknown at this time.

Keep the Faith Along with Chance!



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Updated July 29, 2000

for Chance & Lilbossie

by "Mom-Mom" mistamar2u