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Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Overview

Another name for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.

What is acute lymphocytic leukemia?
A person with acute lymphocytic leukemia has cancer of one type of white blood cells, called lymphocytes. The lymphocytes multiply out of control in the bone marrow, resulting in abnormally high numbers of lymphocytes in the bloodstream.

What are the symptoms of acute lymphocytic leukemia?
Common symptoms of acute lymphocytic leukemia include bone pain, abdominal pain, easy bleeding, fatigue, pale skin, weakness or fatigue, and lymph gland swelling.

How does the doctor treat acute lymphocytic leukemia?
Treatment for acute lymphocytic leukemia may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, pain medications, and bone marrow transplant.

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Last Updated: Feb 4, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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