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Acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children is a "liquid" tumor or cancer of the blood that starts in the bone marrow and spreads to the bloodstream (the term leukemia comes from Greek words for white and blood). ALL is the most common children’s cancer, accounting for 35% of all cancers in children. There are about 2,900 new cases of ALL diagnosed in children and adolescents (0-21 years old) in the United States each year.
The signs and symptoms of ALL can be the same as more common children’s illnesses and many children are treated for those other illnesses before leukemia is diagnosed. Most children with ALL have symptoms for a few weeks to several months before a diagnosis of cancer is made. The time between when symptoms started and when the diagnosis is made does not change the chances for cure.
Newly Diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic LeukemiaIn Treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic LeukemiaAfter Treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia