Popov et al identified pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who can be cured with low-intensity therapy. The authors are from multiple institutions in Russia and Germany.

Patient selection: pediatric patient with ALL


Criteria for the "standard" risk group - all of the following:

(1) B-cell precursor type

(2) initial WBC count < 30 * 10^9/L

(3) spleen less than 4 cm below the left costal margin

(4) no CNS3 status (with no clinical or radiological evidence of CNS involvement)

(5) no translocation: t(4;11)(q21;q23) nor t(9;22)(q34;q11)

(6) hematologic remission at the end of induction (typically day 36)



• MRD negativity was defined as < 0.01%.

• A low-risk cutoff < 0.1% (0.01 to 0.099%) also had excellent results.

• Based on Table 1 the < 0.1% criteria was used.


This risk group encompasses > 40% of children with ALL. At least 90% will be excellent responders with an overall survival of 97%.

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