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What Is Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)?

  • In the form of leukemia known as acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a group of white blood cells called lymphocytes is affected. Also called acute lymphocytic leukemia or acute lymphoid leukemia, ALL progresses very quickly and requires immediate treatment. Although ALL most commonly affects children (usually between the ages of 2 and 3), it also affects adults. Leukemias as a group are the most common form of cancer in children, accounting for about 30 percent of childhood cancers and affecting about 3,800 children each year in the United States. About 80 percent of children with leukemia have acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

    Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's

    Children with acute lymphobastic leukemia are treated through the Leukemia Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Dana-Farber/Boston Children's has played a key role in refining treatment for childhood leukemia, resulting in today's cure rates of more than 85 percent for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

    Learn more about acute lymphoblastic leukemia

    Find more in-depth information on acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s website, including answers to:

    • What are the symptoms of ALL?
    • How is ALL diagnosed?
    • What are the treatment phases for ALL?
    • What is the long-term outlook for ALL?