What are the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) recommendations for the workup for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Karen Seiter, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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The ESMO recommendations concur with those of NCCN while noting that the initial diagnostic workup should be completed quickly and before any chemotherapy is administered in order to accomplish the following [86] :

  • Confirm diagnosis and shorten time to onset of treatment

  • Distinguish BCP-ALL from T-ALL

  • Distinguish Burkitt leukemia (B-ALL) from BCP-ALL 

  • Distinguish Philadelphia (Ph) chromosome-positive (Ph+) ALL from Ph-negative (Ph−) ALL 


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