What is childhood leukemia?
Leukemia is the most ‘common’ childhood cancer, accounting for 26% of the children diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20. The two main types of childhood leukemia are acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), which is about three-fourths of the leukemia’s diagnosed each year, and nearly 18% of children diagnosed this year will have a much rare of leukemia called acute myeloid leukemia (AML). ALL is a malignancy of lymphoid cells, a type of white blood cell found primarily in blood, bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, liver and the thymus. AML is a malignancy of the granulocyte family of white blood cells, found mainly in blood and bone marrow. All types of leukemia’s are considered blood cancers.
There are great children’s hospitals around the country but there are few making real progress in finding a cure for childhood blood cancers. Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) in Houston has a renowned cancer center as well as Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHoP). The JohnnyKicksCancer Foundation has been following research teams for many years and both have outstanding results with relapsed and refractory cancers.
While the Leukemia Lymphoma Society tends to focus on adult cancers, they have an excellent per-diem to help families with prescriptions, parking, and milage to/from clinic appointments.