A combination of ALL and AML
My son Ollie, was diagnosed with an “unusual” combination of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) and acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)about seven weeks before his fourth birthday. His only symptom was a swollen testicle which I noticed by chance when he was playing in the bath. I initially took him to the out of hours doctor on a Saturday and we were called back to the children’s ward on the Tuesday for blood tests and a scan. We waited for what seemed like hours before I was taken a side and told that blasts had been found in his blood – he had leukaemia. We were blue lighted that night to the Royal Marsden in Sutton. Initially, the consultants were unsure which treatment regime he would follow due to the combination of ALL and AML, so he was fitted with a Hickman line. Ollie responded really well to treatment and at his Day 29, the Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) test showed that he was in remission. All leukaemic cells were gone so he was set to continue on the UKALL2011 trial that was funded by Children with Cancer UK.