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A Brief Note on Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Sterling Kain*

Department of Oncology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

*Corresponding Author:
Sterling Kain
Department of Oncology,
University of Cambridge,
Cambridge,
United Kingdom
E-mail:
[email protected]

Received: 7-Feb-2022 Manuscript No. MCO-22- 52478; Editor assigned: 9-Feb-2022, Pre QC No. MCO-22- 52478 (PQ); Reviewed: 23-Feb-2022, QC No. JZS-22- 52478; Accepted: 25-Feb-2022, Manuscript No. MCO-22- 52478 (A); Published: 04-Mar-2022, DOI: 10.4172/ Med & Clin Oncol.6.1.001

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Description

Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) is a kind of cancer in which the bone marrow produces an excessive number of immature lymphocytes in children (a type of white blood cell). Leukemia can impact red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia risk is influenced by previous cancer therapy and specific genetic factors. Fever and bruising are common childhood symptoms. Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is diagnosed with tests that look at the blood and bone marrow. The prognosis and treatment options are influenced by a number of factors.

The bone marrow of a healthy child produces blood stem cells (immature cells) that mature into mature blood cells throughout time. A blood stem cell can differentiate into a myeloid or lymphoid stem cell. A large number of stem cells differentiate into lymphoblasts, B lymphocytes or T lymphocytes. Leukemia cells are another name for these cells. These leukaemia cells do not function like normal lymphocytes and are unable to effectively fight infection. In addition, when the number of leukaemia cells in the blood and bone marrow rises, there is less room in the blood and bone marrow for healthy white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Infection, anemia and simple bleeding are the possible outcomes.

The viable risk factors for childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia are being exposed to x-rays before birth. Other signs and symptoms include fever, Petechiae (flat, pinpoint, dark-red spots under the skin caused by bleeding), weakness, fatigue or pale appearance. Below the ribs, there is a feeling of fullness. Appetite loss is common.

In childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, there are three risk groups. The typical low risk comprises of children aged one to ten years old who seem to have a white blood cell count of fewer than 50,000 cells per litre at the time of diagnosis. The second is high risk, which is defined as having a white blood cell count of 50,000/L or above at the time of diagnosis. The third group includes infants under the age of one, children with particular genetic mutations, children who have a slow reaction to early treatment, and children who show indications of leukaemia during the first four weeks of treatment.

Other factors include whether the leukaemia cells originated from B lymphocytes or T lymphocytes, as well as any changes in the lymphocytes' chromosomes or genes, how quickly the leukaemia cell count drops after treatment, and whether leukemia cells are found in the cerebrospinal fluid at the time of testing. Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in children can be treated in different ways. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy with stem cell transplant, and targeted therapy are the four basic treatments.

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