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Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

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Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia

Around 300 children develop a type of cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) each year in the UK.

ALL is the most common type of cancer to affect children. It’s aggressive and develops rapidly, so intensive treatment is needed. 

Treatment usually involves chemotherapy and steroids, but radiotherapy and sometimes a bone marrow transplant can also be needed.

Although the outlook is normally very good for children with ALL, it remains important to look for ways to improve treatment. The intensive treatment can cause unpleasant side effects including nausea, tiredness and hair loss. ALL can recur and sadly, a small number of children with this cancer still lose their lives.

Dr Owen Williams

University College London’s Institute of Child Health:

Our ultimate goal is to spare children from some of the side effects of chemotherapy and protect more children from relapses.”

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