There is no standard chemotherapy regimen for treating adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), in terms of which drugs to give and how to give them. Children with ALL tend to respond better to chemotherapy than adults with this disease. The purpose of this study is to determine if the chemotherapy drugs used to treat children with ALL can be used safely and effectively in adults with previously untreated ALL.
Patients in this study will receive different anticancer drugs during different phases over several months. All of the drugs are FDA-approved for treating leukemia.