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Acute myeloid leukemia, adult


Other Names for this Disease
  • Acute granulocytic leukemia
  • Acute myelogenous leukemia
  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Acute non-lymphocytic leukemia
  • Adult acute myeloid leukemia
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Overview

Acute myeloid leukemia is a type of cancer that develops from the cells of the bone marrow and blood.  It is an aggressive type of cancer  that can affect individuals of any age, and affects men more frequently than women.  Causes of AML may include a pre-existing blood disorder, exposure to chemicals or radiation, or an underlying genetic predisposition.[1]  AML is often treated with chemotherapy, followed by participation in a clinical trial or bone marrow transplant.[1][2]
Last updated: 4/27/2015

References

  1. Seiter K. Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Medscape Reference. August, 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/197802-overview. Accessed 4/27/2015.
  2. National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Acute Myeloid Leukemia. NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. 2015; http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/PDF/aml.pdf. Accessed 4/27/2015.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Acute granulocytic leukemia
  • Acute myelogenous leukemia
  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Acute non-lymphocytic leukemia
  • Adult acute myeloid leukemia
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.