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What is childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a cancer that mostly affects the blood and bone marrow, the tissue that makes blood cells. The most common form of cancer among children, the disease is also called acute lymphocytic leukemia, and is commonly abbreviated as ALL. The disease spreads quickly and primarily targets immature blood cells forming in the bone marrow. It targets a specific type of blood cell called lymphocytes, more commonly known as white blood cells.

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