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What You Should Know About Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

December 15, 201410 min
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is characterized by a rapidly-developing cancer in the myeloid line of blood cells, which is responsible for producing red blood cells, platelets and several types of white blood cells called granulocytes.Because AML grows rapidly, it can quickly crowd out normal blood cells, leading to anemia, susceptibility to infections and uncontrolled bleeding. Due to the aggressive nature of AML, this disease usually requires intensive treatment, which may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy and stem cell transplantation.The following represent symptoms typical for AML:   •Fever with or without an infection  •Frequent bruising or bleeds that do not clot  •Leukemia cutis (multiple lesions with a firm or rubbery consistency that may be pink, red, red-brown or blue-violet in color)  •Night sweats  •Pain in the bones or joints  •Pain or feeling of fullness below the ribs  •Petechiae (flat, pinpoint spots under the skin caused by bleeding)  •Shortness of breath  •Weakness or feeling tiredListen in as Guido Marcucci, MD discusses AML, it's symptoms, diagnoses and treatments.

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