Jen Brings Smiles to Aubrielle
- A 7-year-old girl in Michigan named Aubrielle is battling pediatric leukemia, and she was recently paid a visit via video by actress Jennifer Garner; the two discussed baking, films, and books.
- Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow; approximately 3 out of 4 leukemias among children and teens are Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).
- ALL treatment options include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, stem cell transplant, and in some cases, immunotherapy.
Garner, who’s also a mom to three children she shares with former partner Ben Affleck, visited with Aubrielle via video call. The call was facilitated by Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit that raises money for children’s hospitals in North America.Read More
Aubrielle’s Cancer Journey & ALL
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Aubrielle was diagnosed with this disease – specifically, she was diagnosed with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia – in September 2020. She had 9 months of treatment, and her condition has improved, reported WCRZ. Moments like her time with Garner have raised Aubrielle’s spirits through her cancer journey.
Leukemia is the most common cancer diagnosed in children and teens. It accounts for almost 1 out of 3 cancers. On the whole, though, pediatric leukemia is a rare disease.
The American Cancer Society says that approximately 3 out of 4 leukemias among children and teens are acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Most of the remaining cases are acute myeloid leukemia (AML). ALL is most common in early childhood, peaking between 2 and 5 years of age, says the ACS.
Treatment for B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Treatment options for this type of cancer, B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, stem cell transplant, and in some cases, immunotherapy.
Immunotherapy drugs use a patient’s immune system to identify and destroy cancer cells. Several types of immunotherapy have been approved for use against childhood leukemia, according to the ACS.
In an earlier interview, Dr. Olalekan Oluwole, a hematologist with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, explains the steps that may follow an Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) diagnosis. He says, “Cancer is a really life-changing diagnosis. And we would like our patients to know that they don’t have to feel that they are in there on their own. We have case managers that can help. We have social workers.”
“In fact, we have a navigator– because sometimes they have blood test here, they see a doctor there, they get chemo there, they do a lumbar puncture. It can be completely overwhelming. So we actually have people that can help them find their way around the hospital,” he says.