• +91-9871280511
  • Pusa Rd, Radha Soami Satsang, Rajendra Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110005
Childhood Leukemia FAQ's

Childhood Leukemia: Frequently Asked Questions

  • by Sajjan Rajpurohit
  • 05 Feb, 2021

Q. What is Childhood Leukemia?

Ans. Leukemias are cancers that start in cells that would normally develop into different types of blood cells. Childhood leukemia is leukemia that occurs in a child and is a type of childhood cancer. Childhood leukemia is the most common childhood cancer, accounting for 29% of cancers in children aged 0–14.

Q. What Are Different Types of Leukemia Affecting Children?

Ans. There are different types of leukemia, which are based mainly on:

1. acute (fast growing) or chronic (slower growing)
2. starts in myeloid cells or lymphoid cells

Q. What is Acute Leukemia?

Ans. The acute leukemia can progress quickly, and typically need to be treated right away.

Q. What are Main Types of Acute Leukemia?

Ans. The Main Types of Acute Leukemia Are:

1. Acute lymphocytic (lymphoblastic) leukemia (ALL)
2. Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

Q. What Age Group is Prone to ALL?

Ans. ALL is most common in early childhood, peaking between 2 and 5 years of age.

Q. What Age Group is Affected in AML?

Ans. AML tends to be more spread out across the childhood years, but it’s slightly more common during the first 2 years of life and during the teenage years.

Q. What is Gender Predilection for Acute Childhood Leukemia?

Ans. ALL is slightly more common in boys than in girls.
AML occurs about equally among boys and girls.

Q. What is MPALs?

Ans. Rarely, acute leukemias can have features of both ALL and AML. These are called mixed lineage leukemias, acute undifferentiated leukemias, or mixed phenotype acute leukemias (MPALs). In children, they are generally treated like ALL and usually respond to treatment like ALL.

Q. What is Chronic Leukemia?

Ans. Chronic leukemias are rare in children. These leukemias tend to grow more slowly than acute leukemias, but they are also harder to cure.

Q. What Are Types of Chronic Leukemia?

Ans. Chronic leukemias can be divided into 2 main types:

1. Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML): Also called chronic myelogenous leukemia, CML
2. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)