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Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma

Also known as: acute lymphoid leukemia, ALL, lymphoblastic leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, lymphoblastic lymphoma , lymphocytic leukemia and precursor B-cell and T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma, non- Hodgkin lymphoma

What is lymphoblastic lymphoma/ Lymphoblastic leukemia?

Lymphoblastic lymphoma/leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the body’s white blood cells, or lymphocytes. It can predominantly affect lymph nodes (when it may be called lymphoblastic lymphoma) or the blood (when it's called lymphoblastic leukemia). They both however appear to be the same disease.

What causes lymphoblastic lymphoma/ lymphoblastic leukemia?

Congenital or acquired problems with immunity, exposure to certain chemicals, pesticides or radiation may increase one's risk of developing lymphoblastic lymphoma/leukemia.

What are the symptoms of lymphoblastic lymphoma/ lymphoblastic leukemia?

A primary symptom of lymphoblastic lymphoma is a painless swelling of lymph nodes in the groin, armpit or neck and/or an enlarged liver and spleen. As however lymph nodes are scattered in many parts of the body, and blood abnormalities occur, symptoms can vary widely. General symptoms include- weight loss, fevers, night sweats, fatigue and loss of appetite.

What are lymphoblastic lymphoma/ lymphoblastic leukemia care options?

The two treatments that are most often used for lymphoblastic lymphoma are chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 11/8/2017 1:37:51 PM

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