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What's acute myeloid leukemia?

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Dr. Scott Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: See links

For a nice overview of aml, see the following pages at the national cancer institute.
For adult: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/adultaml/patient for pediatric: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/childaml/patient.

In brief: See links

For a nice overview of aml, see the following pages at the national cancer institute.
For adult: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/adultaml/patient for pediatric: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/childaml/patient.
Dr. Scott Diede
Dr. Scott Diede
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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Dr. Matthew Fero
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: Leukemia is...

... a cancer of the bone marrow progenitor cells that normally make blood cells.
It arises from of series of unlucky gene mutations in a single bone marrow progenitor cell. The "acute" forms show lack of maturation with increased numbers of immature leukemic "blast" cells growing in the marrow. This causes symptoms of anemia, bruising and infection - resulting from low # of healthy blood cells.

In brief: Leukemia is...

... a cancer of the bone marrow progenitor cells that normally make blood cells.
It arises from of series of unlucky gene mutations in a single bone marrow progenitor cell. The "acute" forms show lack of maturation with increased numbers of immature leukemic "blast" cells growing in the marrow. This causes symptoms of anemia, bruising and infection - resulting from low # of healthy blood cells.
Dr. Matthew Fero
Dr. Matthew Fero
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