Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia
Most likely to affect: White blood cells and the bone marrow
Most common symptoms: Feeling tired, bruising, being prone to infection
Causes: Not yet known, but infection may play a part
Tests: Blood tests, bone marrow sample, lumbar puncture, chest x-ray
Treatment: Intensive chemotherapy
We have a few different types of white cells which help us fight infection and disease. ALL is a cancer of one of these white cells, the lymphoid cells. The most common symptoms are feeling tired, bruising and being prone to infection. Some people may also experience pain in their bones. The cause is unknown. Blood tests, bone marrow samples and lumbar punctures are the tests that are used to diagnose ALL. Treatment includes chemotherapy, steroids and radiotherapy.