Families of Children with Leukemia

 Who is asked to participate?

  • Parents with children who have leukemia are asked to participate at the hospital where their child is diagnosed.
  • Children must be under the age of 15, live in California, have a biological parent who speaks English or Spanish and who has a telephone.

 What are we asking families to do?

Biological parents will be asked to:

  • Complete a telephone interview. This interview will take about one hour and can be conducted in English or Spanish.
  • Provide a saliva sample.
  • And may be invited to participate in additional research activities.

Children will also be asked to provide a saliva sample (or a sample of loose cells from the inside of the cheek).

Children with leukemia and their families will also be asked to:

  • Give consent to researchers to review the child’s medical records
  • Allow the study to receive a small sample of bone marrow and blood that was previously collected at the hospital for diagnosis and treatment
  • Allow the study to access dried blood spot specimens collected in the hospital at birth

Families of Children without Leukemia

 Who is asked to participate?

  • Parents who have a child the same age, gender and race/ethnicity as a child who has leukemia are randomly selected from accessible birth information provided by the Califor­nia Department of Public Health. These families are contacted by the study and asked to participate.
  • Children must be under the age of 15, live in California, have a telephone and have a parent who speaks English or Spanish.

 What are we asking families to do?

Biological parents will be asked to:

  • Complete a telephone interview. This interview will take about one hour and can be conducted in English or Spanish.
  • Provide a saliva sample.
  • And may be invited to participate in additional research activities.
  • Allow the study to access dried blood spot specimens collected in the hospital at birth

Children will also be asked to provide a saliva sample (or sample of cells from the inside of the cheek).