This cancer affects the bone marrow of the child. It may cause the bone marrow to produce excessive under developed lymphocytes, which are basically a kind of white blood cell. The symptoms include persistent fever and bruising. This condition also affects the red blood cells and platelets apart from the white blood cells.
HOW IS CHILDHOOD ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA DIAGNOSED?
The condition is diagnosed with a series of lab tests including but not limited to Complete Blood Count (CBC), haemoglobin test, bone marrow aspiration & biopsy, cytogenetic analysis, blood chemistry study and chest x-ray.
HOW IS CHILDHOOD ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA TREATED?
The pediatritian will suggest Complete morphologic, immunologic, and genetic examination of the leukemic cells to establish the diagnosis of ALL. Routine laboratory studies in pediatric ALL include the following:
• Physical exam and history
• Complete blood count (CBC) with differential
• Blood chemistry studies
• Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy
DID YOU KNOW?
Because, cancers are rare in paediatrics, there are also several clinical trials that can be considered as a treatment option. These clinical trials, however, allow only those children who haven’t undergone any treatment as this increases the chances of success for the trial.