Acute myeloid leukemia

What is acute myeloid leukemia?

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) starts in the blood stem cells and develops quickly. It is the most common type of leukemia in adults.

Risk factors for acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

Risks for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) include genetic syndromes, high doses of radiation and smoking. Learn about AML risk.

Symptoms of leukemia

Symptoms may vary depending on whether you have an acute or chronic type of leukemia.

Diagnosis of leukemia

Tests to diagnose leukemia, such as blood tests, are done when symptoms or routine tests suggest a problem.

Stages of acute myeloid leukemia

The stage describes how much cancer is in the body. Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is described as untreated, active disease, in remission, measurable residual disease (MRD), relapsed or refractory.

Disease progression of acute myeloid leukemia

Cancer cells can spread from where they start to other parts of the body. Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is often widespread when it is found.

Prognosis and survival for acute myeloid leukemia

Prognosis estimates the outcome for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). It depends on many factors including subtype, chromosome changes and your age.

Treatments for acute myeloid leukemia

Chemotherapy is the main treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Targeted therapy and a stem cell transplant may also be used.

Supportive care for leukemia

Supportive care helps people meet the physical, practical, emotional and spiritual challenges of leukemia.

Acute myeloid leukemia statistics

Cancer statistics tell us how many people in Canada are diagnosed with and die from acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cancer in a certain time frame.

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