NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Version 1.2017
How to use this book
Who should read this book?
Leukemia is a type of cancer that starts in
blood-forming cells in the bone marrow. Acute
lymphoblastic leukemia is a fast-growing type of
leukemia that causes too many immature blood cells
called lymphoblasts to be made in the bone marrow.
Lymphoblastic lymphoma is similar, but it causes
too many lymphoblasts to build up in lymph nodes
or other parts of the lymphatic system. Patients and
those who support them—caregivers, family, and
friends—may find this book helpful. It may help you
discuss and decide with your doctors what care is
Are the book chapters in a
Early chapters explain concepts that are repeated in
later chapters. Starting with
may be helpful for
many people. It explains what acute lymphoblastic
leukemia is. Knowing more about this cancer may
help you better understand its treatment.
covers health tests and other care needed
before starting treatment. Factors that help doctors
plan treatment are described in
briefly describes all the types of treatment.
Knowing what a treatment is will help you understand
your options. Treatment options are presented in
shares questions for your
doctors and directs you to online resources.
Does this book include all
This book includes information for many people.
Your treatment team can point out what applies to
you. They can also give you more information. While
reading, make a list of questions to ask your doctors.
The treatment options are based on science and
the experience of NCCN experts. However, their
recommendations may not be right for you. Your
doctors may suggest other options based on your
health and other factors. If other options are given,
ask your treatment team questions.
Help! What do the words
In this book, many medical words are included.
These are words that your treatment team may say
to you. Most of these words may be new to you. It
may be a lot to learn.
Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading and
review the information. Ask your treatment team to
explain a word or phrase that you do not understand.
Words that you may not know are defined in the
text or in the
. Acronyms are also defined
when first used and in the
. Acronyms are
short words formed from the first letters of several
words. One example is ALL for