Diagnosis

In this section, you can learn about how ALL is diagnosed, including the symptoms and tests that you would expect to experience. The videos provide an outline of what happens during diagnosis and explain the next steps in your treatment journey. There are also practical tips on how to make the right decisions and make sure that you get the best and most appropriate care.

ALL symptoms are often non-specific: feeling tired, fever, and aches, but they increase in persistence or severity over time. Some symptoms can be quite severe (e.g. bleeding). The disease is diagnosed using bone marrow aspiration – this is a procedure where a sample bone marrow is taken from the soft tissue inside your bones using a big needle. The sample is usually taken from the hipbone.  There are different types of ALL and your healthcare team will perform blood tests to determine exactly which type you have. This will help them to devise the right treatment plan for you.

A conversation with your healthcare team about your diagnosis, treatment options and long-term outcomes is the best place to start. Consider writing down details about what they say or recording the conversation after their approval so that you can go over it later, or run through the options with your friends, family or support group.

Watch these videos with the world's leading ALL experts to learn more about the diagnostic and decision-making process.

 

Videos

Comment annoncer un premier diagnostic de leucémie aigüe à un patient ?

Mohamad Mohty, professeur à l’Hôpital Saint-Antoine, Paris, France explique qu’il est fondamental pour la personne qui annonce un premier diagnostic de leucémie aiguë de veiller avec la plus grande attention aux mots employés.

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Clinical Testing in Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

Dr. Stephan Grupp from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia talks about the way in which acute lymphocytic leukaemia is tested for and how this informatipon is used to determine the method of treatment.

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Diagnóstico de la leucemia aguda

Nos lo explica el doctor Albert Oriol, Adjunto de Hematología del Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol (Instituto Catalán de Oncología), en una entrevista realizada en el congreso de la Sociedad Americana de Hematología (ASH) en diciembre de 2016.

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George's Story: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia

In 2005 George Norton was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) when he was 23. Watch George's video to hear more about his experience with ALL, from diagnosis, through treatment, relapse and getting support.

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Kerry's story: looking after a child with leukaemia

Kerry's story: looking after a child with leukaemia

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Jonjo's Story: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Jonjo was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) aged 23. Watch Jonjo's video to hear more about his experience with ALL, from diagnosis, through treatment and getting support.

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What Tests Will I Need and How Will They Help With My ALL Diagnosis?

Dr. Elias Jabbour, from University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, describes some of the tests used to diagnose acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

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Quels sont les examens que doivent passer les patients atteints de leucémie aigüe?

Professeur Denis-Claude Roy, de l'Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont & Université de Montréal, Canada, décrit quels sont les différents examens que doivent passer les patients atteints de leucémie aigue et quelles anomalies sont recherchées.

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Symptoms and diagnosis of ALL

Symptoms and diagnosis of ALL

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Page last updated on April 3, 2017