What is included in patient education about pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: Vikramjit S Kanwar, MBBS, MBA, MRCP(UK), FAAP; Chief Editor: Jennifer Reikes Willert, MD  more...
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Ensure that the patient's parents and guardians understand that ALL usually does not have a known cause, that accurate stratification helps guide therapy, and that participating in institutional or consortium-based clinical trials may help lead to better outcomes in the future. In addition, parents and guardians must know the expected adverse effects of each medication and be able to recognize signs and symptoms that require immediate medical attention, such as those for anemia, thrombocytopenia, and infection. Furthermore, parents and patients must know how to quickly access medical help from the oncology team.

For patient education information, see Cancer and Tumors Center, as well as Leukemia.


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