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What's acute myeloid leukemia?

What's acute myeloid leukemia?

Blood cancer: AML is a blood cancer affecting a type of white blood cells called myeloid cells. It often occurs in late adult/elderly patients and has a short development phase usually (hence acute). Intensive chemotherapy and often bone marrow transplant can be effective with long term survival in 40-50% cases. AML in the elderly is more difficult to treat and results are worse. ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Wharton
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Anll (Definition)

Also known as AML, acute myeloid leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells (called myeloid) cells formed in bone marrow. It often occurs in late adult or elderly patients and has usually a short development phase (hence acute). Symptoms of AML include easy bleeding or bruising or tiny red flecks on the skin ("petechiae") from low platelets; pale skin, fatigue or shortness of breath from anemia (low red blood cells); or infections (from low numbers of ...Read more


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Is acute myeloid leukemia harmful?

Yes! AML can kill.: Acute myeloid leukemia can be very aggressive. Generally it is treated at major clinical centers with a lot of expertise in leukemia especially at first. AML is seen in both children and adults. I would recommend that if either you or a family member is diagnosed with this to seek out a center of excellence. ...Read more

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What is acute myeloid leukemia is?

What is acute myeloid leukemia is?

Marrow malignancy: AML is a bone marrow malignancy characterized by uncontrolled growth of leukemic cells in the bone marrow. It leads to very high white blood cell counts, anemia and thrombocytopenia (low platelets). It is rapidly fatal without prompt diagnosis and treatment. It can be cured in up to about 40% of people. ...Read more

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How do you cure acute myeloid leukemia?

Chemo/transplant: Not all acute myeloid leukemia can be cured. Some acute myeloid leukemia with good genetic or molecular profile can be well treated or even cured by current standard intense chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation. ...Read more

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I have acute myeloid leukemia, what to do?

I have acute myeloid leukemia, what to do?

See below...: Once a diagnosis of leukemia is made, a referral to a hematologist/oncologist is necessary. The oncologist will decide what the best treatment plan is and how to manage the condition. Immediate consultation with a hematologist/oncologist is of paramount importance for a favorable outcome. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of acute myeloid leukemia?

What are the symptoms of acute myeloid leukemia?

Fatigue, fever etc: Acute myeloid leukemia starts from bone marrow, where normal blood cells were made. Leukemia cells will decrease the abilities of bone marrow to make normal blood cells such red blood cells (delivery oxygen); white blood cells (fight for infection), and platelets (stop bleeding). Therefore, the symptoms can be fatigue, fever, bruising or bleeding, bone pain, swollen glands, and weight loss. ...Read more

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How long does it take for acute myeloid leukemia to develop?

It is really: Hard to tell accurately but it is pretty fast . As the name indicate , people with the condition are diagnosed when they develop one of the catastrophic symptoms. In general the development is pretty acute and progression is fast unless treated aggressively ...Read more

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What percent of leukemias does acute myeloid leukemia represent?

AML: AML is the most common acute leukemia in adults and accounts for approximately 80 % of cases in this group. In us and europe, the incidence has been stable at 3 to 5 cases per 100, 000 population. In contrast, AML accounts for less than 10 % of acute leukemias in children less than 10 years of age. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: acute myeloid leukemia?

A cancer of the Whit: A leukemia is type of blood cancer arising from the white cells.Acute myeloid leukemia also called AML is a serious type of cancer which has good chemotherapy based treatments available but they are best done by a leukemia specialist at a major cancer center. ...Read more

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What are mv4-11 cells of acute myeloid leukemia? What does this mean?

MV-4-11: ...this is the name of a leukemia cell line used by cancer researchers. They originally came from a 10 year old boy with acute leukemia and they have the convenient property of being able to grow endlessly in a lab cell culture dish. Cancer researchers might use them for various purposes, such as testing new drugs, before trying them in people. ...Read more

Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

Leukemia is a malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...Read more