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What is the outlook for people with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)?

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The outlook for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) depends on factors such as:

  • Your age: Younger patients tend to have a better outlook.
  • Your lab test results: The prognosis is better if you have a lower white blood count when you're diagnosed.
  • Your subtype of ALL (B-cell ALL or T-cell ALL)
  • Whether you have a chromosome abnormality called the Philadelphia chromosome; having it suggests a poorer prognosis.
  • Your response to chemotherapy: The prognosis is better if you have no evidence of leukemia 4 to 5 weeks after starting treatment.

From: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 8, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 9/8/2017

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "What is acute lymphocytic leukemia?"  "How is acute lymphocytic leukemia classified?"  "What are the risk factors for acute lymphocytic leukemia?" "How is acute lymphocytic leukemia diagnosed?"  "Treating Leukemia -- Acute Lymphocytic (ALL) in Adults;" and "Response rates to treatment." 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia" and "Leukemia Facts & Statistics."

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

FDA: “FDA approval brings first gene therapy to the United States.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 8, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "What is acute lymphocytic leukemia?"  "How is acute lymphocytic leukemia classified?"  "What are the risk factors for acute lymphocytic leukemia?" "How is acute lymphocytic leukemia diagnosed?"  "Treating Leukemia -- Acute Lymphocytic (ALL) in Adults;" and "Response rates to treatment." 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia" and "Leukemia Facts & Statistics."

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

FDA: “FDA approval brings first gene therapy to the United States.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 8, 2017

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