Central Nervous System (CNS)

The central nervous system (CNS) consists of the brain and spinal cord. The presence of significant leukemia cells in the CNS is a significant complication, representing increased relapse and reduced survival rates, and requiring more aggressive treatment.

Even though less than 10% of ALL patients have leukemia cells present in the CNS at diagnosis, intrathecal chemotherapy is administered to every patient in order to prevent development. Studies have shown that more than half of ALL patients will develop CNS-ALL without intrathecal chemo.

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