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Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

What is leukemia?

Leukemia is a term for cancers of the blood cells. Leukemia starts in blood-forming tissues such as the bone marrow. Your bone marrow makes the cells which will develop into white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Each type of cell has a different job:

  • White blood cells help your body fight infection
  • Red blood cells deliver oxygen from your lungs to your tissues and organs
  • Platelets help form clots to stop bleeding

When you have leukemia, your bone marrow makes large numbers of abnormal cells. This problem most often happens with white blood cells. These abnormal cells build up in your bone marrow and blood. They crowd out the healthy blood cells and make it hard for your cells and blood to do their work.

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  1. Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... and blood to do their work. What is acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)? Acute lymphocytic leukemia is a type of acute leukemia. It's also ... including the brain and spinal cord. What causes acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)? ALL happens when there are changes in ...
  2. Classifying acute lymphocytic leukemia helps in determining prognosis and treatment options. Learn more here.
  3. Risk Factors for Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (American Cancer Society)  
    ... factors that may increase your chance of developing acute lymphocytic leukemia. This guide will help you learn about possible causes of acute lymphocytic leukemia.
  4. What Is Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)? (American Cancer Society)  
    Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), also called acute lymphoblastic leukemia, is a cancer that starts from white blood cells called ...
  5. Research into causes, prevention, and treatment of acute lymphocytic leukemia is ongoing in many medical centers throughout the world. Find out what's new here.
  6. Targeted drugs work differently on acute lymphocytic leukemia than standard chemotherapy drugs. They often have less severe side effects. Learn more here.
  7. Tests for Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) (American Cancer Society)  
    ... help find out if it's cancer. Learn about acute lymphocytic leukemia diagnosis tests here.
  8. Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia statistics
  9. Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia/Diagnosis and Tests ... Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia ... American Cancer Society ... The best way to find leukemia early is to report any possible ...
  10. ... Cancer Society's most recent estimates and statistics for acute lymphocytic leukemia in the United States are located here.
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