Acute Myeloid Leukemia is a kind of blood cancer that develops from blood forming cells and starts in bone marrow. Symptoms include fatigue, acute fever, loss of sudden weight or appetite and sweating at night. Other symptoms may include bone or joint pain, rashes on skin, headache, blurred vision, vomiting and enlarged lymph nodes.
HOW IS ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA DIAGNOSED?
This disease is diagnosed by a series of tests conducted after a medical exam. The tests are- Blood tests, bone marrow tests, imaging tests, and spinal fluid.
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.