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About Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML): a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal myeloblasts (a type of white blood cell), red blood cells, or platelets

    Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a quickly progressing disease in which the bone marrow makes abnormal myeloblasts (a type of white blood cell), red blood cells, or platelets. This type of cancer usually gets worse quickly if it is not treated. It is the most common type of acute leukemia in adults. Smoking, previous chemotherapy treatment, and exposure to radiation may affect the risk of AML. Signs and symptoms of AML include fever, feeling tired, and easy bruising or bleeding.

    Learn about acute myeloid leukemia, and find information on how we support and care for people with AML before, during, and after treatment.

    The following information is from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).


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