If ALL returns
For some people, leukaemia does come back after treatment, which is known as a recurrence. It may be found in the bone marrow again or, for those with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), in the fluid around the brain and the spinal cord. Leukaemia cells may also be found in the testicles. Having regular check-ups means tests may find a recurrence before there are symptoms. Finding a recurrence early offers the best chance for successful treatment.
A/Prof John Moore (Conjoint UNSW), Senior Staff Specialist Haematology, Department of Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant, Kinghorn Cancer Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital; Glynda Blomson, Consumer; Kevin Bloom, Senior Social Worker, Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant, Royal North Shore Hospital; Sharon Frazer, Consumer; Prof Angela Hong, Radiation Oncologist, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, and Clinical Professor, The University of Sydney; Yvonne King, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council NSW; Karen Maddock, Clinical Nurse Consultant – Haematology, Westmead Hospital.
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