Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is one kind of blood cancer. This cancer develops from the lymphoid blood system, and is the most common cancer in children from birth to 18 years of age.
This cancer interferes with the production of normal blood cells. As the leukaemia cells circulate in the blood stream, any organ can be affected.
Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia can be grouped into two major categories:
Every year, about 30 – 40 out of a million children are diagnosed with ALL. In every 3 children who are found to have cancer, one will have ALL.
If your child has ALL, they may experience symptoms caused by the lack of normal blood cells in the bloodstream. Your child may:
The cause of ALL in children is not known.