Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia: Follow-Up Care

After the completion of leukemia treatment, patients should see their physicians for frequent follow-up exams for several years. Doctors will watch for side effects of treatment that can develop months to years after therapy has concluded (late effects), and for signs of the recurrence of ALL. During these check-ups, patients may undergo tests including a physical exam, blood tests, bone marrow aspirates, biopsies, and x-rays.

Patients who experience any new symptoms should contact their physicians right away. The sooner these symptoms are evaluated and treated, the better the outcome is likely to be.