ScientiaCME Advances in the management of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in children and adolescents
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Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is one of a group of malignancies marked by unregulated growth of immature lymphoid cells. Each year, over 6,500 new cases are diagnosed, and ALL claims an estimated 1,390 lives in the same timeframe. The incidence of ALL peaks at 1 to 4 years of age, and it accounts for three quarters of cases of acute leukemia in children. The signs and symptoms of ALL are nonspecific and can include fatigue, malaise, or palpitations associated with anemia; fever with or without infection due to leukopenia or leukocytosis; petechiae; and bleeding or bruising of the oral mucosa or skin. Although the precise etiology of ALL remains unknown, some cases have been associated with exposure to ionizing, toxic chemicals, and herbicides; genetic conditions such as Down syndrome, Fanconi syndrome, neurofibromatosis; and viruses like human T-lymphotropic viruses 1 and 2 and Epstein-Barr virus.
HCPs including: pediatric hematology-oncology, hematology, oncology, pathology, and those who otherwise commonly care for or clinically encounter patients with ALL.