Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is the most common type of leukemia in children, occurring mostly in younger children (aged 2–4 years). It is named after the lymphoid stem cells it affects.
Cancer Australia explains that leukaemia is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. It occurs when the bone marrow makes too many white blood cells, which are part of the body’s immune system to fight infections.
According to The Leukaemia Foundation, around 180 children are diagnosed with ALL each year. Almost all will achieve remission and most will be cured.
- Children and Blood Cancer – The Leukaemia Foundation: Information on treatment decisions, talking to children, effects on family, school and siblings.
- Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia – CanTeen: Information on causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
- Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in childhood – Dr Geoff: Podcast by a Paediatric Oncologist and Senior Staff Specialist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
- Alyssa’s Story from Sydney’s Kids Cancer Centre
- Alan and Brooke’s story for Redkite
- Jess’ Story for Camp Quality
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