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Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) symptoms

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Symptoms are the noticeable changes in the way someone feels. There’s a range of symptoms your child might get if they have ALL.

A lot of these symptoms can be hard to spot, as they’re similar to the symptoms of other more common illnesses. The important thing is to look out for symptoms that last longer than normal or seem out of the ordinary.

ALL affects how your child’s blood cells function, which can cause a number of symptoms. It’s unlikely they’ll get all of the possible symptoms listed here – everyone is different.

The most common symptoms of childhood ALL are:

  • anaemia (a lack of red blood cells), which can cause constant tiredness, breathlessness, dizziness, pale skin
  • unexplained bruising and unusual bleeding
  • getting infections easily
  • losing weight.

Less common symptoms include:

  • swollen glands in the neck
  • stomach pain
  • bone pain
  • generally feeling unwell
  • night sweats.

We have more information about symptoms in our general information on the symptoms of childhood leukaemia.

Dawn, support line worker

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