In AML, a specific kind of white blood cells called the myeloblast start multiplying rapidly, and this cancer is usually found in adults. They spread to the vital organs liver, bones, spleen. Its symptoms include fatigue, night sweats, fever and loss of weight. Others symptoms include headaches, bloated stomach, enlarged lymph nodes, vomiting, blurry vision, or seizure attacks.
HOW IS ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis methods followed for acute myeloid leukemia are blood tests, lumbar puncture and bone marrow test. Blood test is performed under light microscopy
HOW IS ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA TREATED?
First line treatment consists of chemotherapy, which is phased out as induction and post-induction therapy. Radiation therapy is used to destroy cancer cells. Bone marrow transplant is another line of treatment that replaces bone forming cells.
DID YOU KNOW?
Smoking and exposure to radiation are the main risk factors for AML.