Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), also known as acute lymphoblastic leukemia, is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. The cancer starts in the white blood cells, or lymphocytes, within the bone marrow, which is the spongy tissue inside bones where new blood cells form. "Acute" refers to the way the cancer progresses quickly. ALL does not produce tumors, as some other cancers do. Cancerous cells can enter the blood and spread to other areas, such as the lymph nodes, brain, spinal cord, liver, or spleen. ALL is the most common type of cancer in children, and with proper treatment, the chance for a cure is very good. ALL sometimes is diagnosed in adults, but the prognosis is not as good.

Why UAB

The UAB Medicine Leukemia Clinic utilizes state-of-the-art technology to screen for and treat leukemia. Our physicians are nationally recognized for their expertise and innovation in the field, and our research team is dedicated to improving treatments and, ultimately, finding a cure for these diseases. Because we are part of the UAB Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center’s nationally recognized research programs, our patients may be eligible for medicines and treatments not available at other institutions in the region. Our Comprehensive Cancer Center is nationally recognized as one of the best in the country and is a leader in bone marrow transplantation. UAB Medicine's Bone Marrow Transplant Program is the only one in the state and has achieved a high level of success, even with difficult diagnoses.

A diagnosis of cancer can be stressful for patients, so we provide a nurse navigator to help organize your visit. The program streamlines your introduction to UAB Medicine by arranging for your medical records, setting your appointments, and guiding you through the process. This allows your treatment team to deliver more efficient care.

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Clinical Trials

UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of acute lymphocytic leukemia. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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