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what does it mean if someone is given 1 week to live with aml leukemia? are there any treatments with such a short time given?

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Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
AML: I am very sorry to hear that your family is struggling with this difficult situation. The doctors there on the ground will know best and I am sure trying every thing they can to make a difference. But, this is a very harsh diagnosis and i would hope that you and your family and friends are saying everything that needs to be said if this is indeed the last week.
Answered on Jun 30, 2013
Dr. Michael Engel
20 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Typically....: We are not so specific about such things unless the outcome for a person is all too clear, and even then it is difficult to be precise. People surprise us routinely, so much so that end of life can be quite humbling for us as physicians. Open dialog with your provider is key. Goals are often directed toward comfort care and meeting the needs of the family as a whole. Condolences.
Answered on Feb 9, 2015
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