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What is Childhood Leukemia?
Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells. In acute leukemia, the disease comes on suddenly and gets worse quickly if it is not treated. Most childhood leukemias are acute. Chronic leukemia is usually milder at the start and gets worse more slowly.

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) Also known as "childhood leukemia" because it is the most common childhood cancer. Usually occurs between 2 and 8 years old.
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Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) Also called acute nonlymphatic leukemia. Usually occurs in people over age 25, but sometimes affects teenagers and children.
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Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) CML is a slowly progressing disease in which too many white blood cells are made in the bone marrow. Also called chronic myeloid leukemia or chronic granulocytic leukemia. Sometimes occurs in adolescents but almost never affects children. Most commonly affects adults. Five percent of childhood leukemias are CML.
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Support & Education Programs

We know that being diagnosed with cancer can be stressful for you and your family. We offer a variety of cancer support services to help patients and families gain the support and information they will need to meet the challenges ahead.

To find information on the pediatric support programs, please go to Parents and Family Programs >>>

Read the most recent SUPPORT publication, a resource written by patients and families for patients and families >>>