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AML Basics Q&A (with Links to HealthTree University)
Posted: Nov 01, 2021
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Are you familiar with HealthTree University for AML? This site is designed to walk you through questions and information about AML from leading doctors in the field. There is so much to be learned through these videos. Simply click on the “Start Watching” button to gain access to this one-of-a-kind educational website.

The following are some of the most commonly asked questions about the basics of AML. Click on each link to watch the corresponding video for a more detailed explanation:

What is AML?

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. 

What are some of the symptoms of AML?

AML may initially present with non-specific symptoms, such as: fatigue, not eating well, losing weight, anemia, feeling like you have the flu. Because the white blood cells are affected, a patient may also have some type of infection (pneumonia, fever, etc.)

Is there more than one type of AML?

Yes. There are many. They are classified by their chromosomal abnormalities: Inversion, Translocation, Deletion and Duplication and specific genetic mutations.

Is there a cure for AML?

With an evolving understanding of this disease, more targeted therapies are being used. These therapies provide a more disease specific treatment. In some cases, this provides adequate pathways to a cure.

What tests should be monitored with AML?

Once remission is achieved, complete blood counts and bone marrow biopsy results are monitored.

What are some of the treatments for AML?

The goal of initial treatment is to get a patient to remission as quickly as possible. Induction chemotherapy is the most common first step to achieving that goal. Targeted therapies are also used for specific types of leukemia. And clinical trials are always an option.

What is remission?

The absence of the leukemia cells in the bone marrow. There are different types of remission:

  • Complete remission- The absence of leukemia. Normal bone marrow and blood counts.
  • Complete remission with incomplete count recovery- Similar to Complete Remission, but blood counts have not returned to normal.
  • Morphologic leukemia free state- Chemotherapy eliminates the leukemia cells as well as normal cells in the bone marrow.

MRD (Measurable Residual Disease) Negative is the goal: No disease can be detected and complete remission is achieved.

AML is a complex disease. HealthTree University is a great companion study when trying to understand all the information about this leukemia and treatment. Videos are available to cover a large range of subjects: Why do I need an AML Specialist, Allogeneic stem cell transplant, AML in women, AML in children.

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The author Lisa Foster

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Lisa Foster

Lisa Foster is a mom of 3 daughters, a puzzle lover, writer and HealthTree advocate. She believes in the mission of the foundation and the team that builds it forward. She calls Houston, Texas home. 

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