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What is it?
Causes: ALL is usually caused by a change in your genes (DNA). Radiation and some drugs can damage DNA but most of the time the exact cause is not known.
Signs and Symptoms: The early signs of ALL can be like having the flu. Symptoms are usually caused by having too many lymphocytes in the body. At the same time, there are lower numbers of the other blood cells and these cells are not fully grown yet.
Care: Chemotherapy is the main treatment for ALL. Sometimes radiation therapy is used as well. Experimental treatments, such as bone marrow transplant, are sometimes recommended.
You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you must learn about ALL. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. You can work with them to decide what care will be used to treat you. You always have the right to refuse treatment.