Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (cont.)
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Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.
The prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options may depend on:
If leukemia recurs (comes back) after initial treatment, the prognosis and treatment options may depend on:
Once childhood ALL has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if the cancer has spread to the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), testicles, or to other parts of the body.
The extent or spread of cancer is usually described as stages. For childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), risk groups are used instead of stages. The following tests and procedures may be used to determine the risk group:
There are three ways that cancer spreads in the body.
When cancer cells spread outside the blood, a solid tumor may form. This process is called metastasis. The three ways that cancer cells spread in the body are:
The new (metastatic) tumor is the same type of cancer as the primary cancer. For example, if leukemia cells spread to the brain, the cancer cells in the brain are actually leukemia cells. The disease is metastatic leukemia, not brain cancer.
Reviewed on 2/3/2012
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