Leukemia--Acute Myeloid (Myelogenous) Overview

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Treating Leukemia - Acute Myeloid (AML) TOPICS

How is acute myeloid leukemia treated?

This information represents the views of the doctors and nurses serving on the American Cancer Society's Cancer Information Database Editorial Board. These views are based on their interpretation of studies published in medical journals, as well as their own professional experience.
The treatment information in this document is not official policy of the Society and is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your cancer care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.
Your doctor may have reasons for suggesting a treatment plan different from these general treatment options. Don't hesitate to ask questions about your treatment options.

About treatment

As noted before, acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is not just one disease. It is really a group of diseases, and people with different subtypes vary in how they respond to treatment. Treatment options are based on the subtype as well as on the prognostic features. Several different types of treatment may be used in people with AML. The major treatment is chemotherapy, sometimes followed by a stem cell transplant. Surgery and radiation treatment may be used in special cases.

In most cases AML can grow quickly, so it is important to start treatment as soon as possible.


Last Medical Review: 06/27/2013
Last Revised: 02/07/2014