acute myeloid leukemia treatment


Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is also known as Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. It is a cancer of myeloid cells in the bone marrow. It is characterized by rapid growth of abnormal White Blood Cells (WBCs) that interfere with the production of normal blood cells. AML is the most common acute leukemia affecting adults and its possibility of occurrence increases with age.

SymptomsThe drop in Red Blood Cells (RBCs), Platelets and Normal White Blood Cells (WBCs) can be the possible symptoms of AML as it is caused by the replacement of normal bone marrow cells with leukemic cells. These symptoms are associated with fatigue, shortness of breadth, easy bruising & bleeding and increased risk of infection. AML progresses rapidly and can be typically fatal within weeks if left untreated.Causes

Although several factors could be identified responsible for the disease but the specific cause of the disease remains unclear.


AML has various subtypes, therefore diagnosis and treatment will vary accordingly. AML is initially treated with Chemotherapy aimed at inducing a remission; however the patients may have to go for additional chemo or Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant. The recent researches into genetics of AML have been developed for better prediction of patient survival duration and effectiveness of type of drugs.

It is recommended that the patients must be mentally, physically, nutritionally and psychologically prepared the treatment.

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