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.

News About Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Dr. Kara Davis, Young Investigator: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Dr. Kara Davis, Young Investigator: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

New CureSearch Young Investigator Kara Davis, DO, performs research at Stanford University on protein expression in B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Dr. Davis’s work examines the phenotypes of B-cells, focusing on the difference between normal, healthy B-cells and those involved in the development of BCP ALL.

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