Determining the AML subtype is an important factor in treatment planning for your child. This determination is made based on certain features of the leukemia cells identified with the diagnostic tests. The doctor will speak with you about the drugs and “treatment protocols” (detailed plans of treatments and procedures) that are indicated based on your child’s AML subtype.
World Health Organization (WHO) Classification System
The World Health Organization (WHO) classification is the main system used to classify AML into subtypes. The revised 2016 classification incorporates new prognostic (predictive) factors, such as chromosomal abnormalities and genetic mutations.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and Related Neoplasms
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