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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsCancer · 1 decade ago

What is acute lymphocytic leukemia [ALL]?

A friend was recently diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia but said that hopefully it'll be in a chronic stage. Is that good? I thought chronic meant it was stronger or worse. I went online and was doing a little research but it said it effected mostly children, but he's twenty. I couldn't find anything on what treatment entails or what chronic stage means. Anyone deal with this on a first hand experience? Is a chronic stage good?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    ALL is most common type of leukemia in children, but persons of all ages can be affected with ALL. ALL is treated with chemotherapy.

    As to your question about acute versus chronic, this is taken from the American Cancer Society website:

    "Acute leukemia: In acute leukemia, the bone marrow cells don’t mature properly. These immature cells build up and crowd out normal cells. Without treatment, most patients with acute leukemia would live only a few months. Some types of acute leukemia respond well to treatment and many patients are cured. People with other types often do not do as well.

    Chronic leukemia: In chronic leukemia the cells look mature, but they are not really normal and they can’t fight infection they way they should. They also live too long, so that they build up and crowd out normal bone marrow cells. Chronic leukemias tend to progress over a longer period of time, and most patients can live for many years. However, chronic leukemias are generally harder to cure than acute leukemias."

    If your friend has a chronic form of lymphocytic leukemia, I believe that would be classfied as CLL, not ALL. I'm including some links where you can learn more about ALL and CLL.

    More information on ALL:

    http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=...

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/acute-lymphocytic...

    http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_2_...

    More information on CLL:

    http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=...

    http://www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/pdq/treatment/CLL...

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chronic-lymphocyt...

  • Sandra
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    5 years ago

    I am an Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia survivor. I went to the doctor because I felt like I had strep throat (I have had millions of times lol) and a really bad backache. They told me I had a cold and sent me home. But it never got better so I went back three more times and finally got the diagnosis. I was relived when I found out because then I knew that I wasn't crazy and I was really sick and not just a person looking for attention. And that there was things that we could do to make me better.

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