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Acute Myeloid Leukemia

The information in this section about acute myeloid leukemia (AML) can help you talk with members of your healthcare team and take an active role in your treatment. Knowing what to expect and being able to make informed decisions about your cancer treatment are important aspects of coping with your disease. You can skim sections to find what you want to read now - and continue reading whenever you're ready for more information.

What You Should Know

  • Many patients with AML need treatment as soon as possible after a diagnosis.
  • For some patients, AML is curable with current therapies.
  • Researchers are studying new approaches to therapy in clinical trials.
  • Hematologists and oncologists are specialists who treat people who have AML or other types of blood cancer.

What You Should Do

  • Seek treatment in a cancer center where doctors are experienced in treating patients with acute leukemia.
  • Talk with your doctor about your diagnostic tests and what the results mean.
  • Talk with your doctor about all your treatment options and the results you can expect from treatment.

What Is AML?

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a cancer of the bone marrow and the blood that progresses quickly without treatment. It affects mostly cells that aren't fully developed. These cells can't carry out their normal functions. That's one reason why it's important to get care and treatment as soon as possible.

With treatment, people who have AML continue to see improved results. However, AML can be a difficult disease to treat, and researchers are studying new approaches to AML therapy in clinical trials.

AML is also called:

  • acute myelogenous leukemia
  • acute myelocytic leukemia
  • acute myeloblastic leukemia
  • acute granulocytic leukemia

Source: Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Reviewed by Judith Karp, MD.

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last updated on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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