Acute Myeloid Leukemia

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.

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.
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