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. Learn about the symptoms of leukemia.

Diagnosis of leukemia

Tests to diagnose leukemia, such as blood tests and imaging tests, are done when symptoms or routine tests suggest a problem. Learn about diagnosing leukemia.

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.

Research in acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

We are always learning more about cancer. Researchers and healthcare professionals use what they learn from research studies to develop better practices that will help find and treat acute myeloid leukemia (AML). They are also looking for ways to improve the quality of life of people with AML.

Acute myeloid leukemia statistics

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a leading cause of adult leukemia deaths in Canada. Learn about incidence and mortality statistics for this cancer.