Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in Children



About Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (also called acute lymphocytic leukemia, or ALL) in children is cancer of the blood that starts in the bone marrow and spreads to the bloodstream. Leukemia starts in the bone marrow, the spongy internal part of bones where new blood is made. The term leukemia comes from Greek words for white and blood, because ALL affects white blood cells.

Leukemia develops because of a mutation in a white blood cell that causes it to multiply uncontrollably. These mutated white blood cells, called “blasts” take over the bone marrow and crowd out normal blood cells. One blast soon generates billions of other blasts, with a total of about a trillion leukemia cells typically present in the body at the time of diagnosis.

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Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in Children was last modified: April 30th, 2015 by Geoff Duncan
Dr. Birgit Knoechel, Young Investigator: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Dr. Birgit Knoechel, Young Investigator: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

New CureSearch Young Investigator Dr. Birgit Knoechel is trying to change the odds for children and young adults with acute t-cell lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). Her research examines new epigenetic targets for this disease and uses these findings to discover new treatments that might be used for those children without other treatment options.

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