The signs and symptoms of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) can differ from person to person, but they often result from the overproduction of immature blood calls called blasts. These blasts crowd out healthy blood cells in the bone marrow and bloodstream, causing a variety of complications. Often these symptoms can mimic other illnesses, so it's important to stay aware of how you are feeling and seek medical attention promptly if you are concerned about anything.
The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Acute Myeloid Leukemia Include:
- Fatigue and weakness: This is due to anemia (a shortage of red blood cells)
- Fever: This can be caused by an infection that the body may be less equipped to fight due to a shortage of normal white blood cells
- Shortness of breath: This is also due to anemia
- Pale skin: This is another symptom caused by anemia
- Frequent infections: This is due to a shortage of normal white blood cells
- Easy bruising or bleeding: This is due to a decrease in platelets, which are responsible for blood clotting
- Petechiae: These are small, flat, pinpoint spots under the skin caused by bleeding. They can be a result of low platelet count
- Weight loss: Unexplained weight loss can be a symptom of AML
Seek Care For Your Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Seeking medical attention promptly if you are experiencing symptoms related to your AML is of utmost importance. AML is an aggressive cancer. Prompt initiation of treatment is essential to achieve the best possible outcomes. Delaying treatment can allow the leukemia to progress, making it more challenging to achieve remission.
Medical attention can help manage and alleviate your symptoms and side effects and allow doctors to tailor an AML treatment plan that allows you to live as comfortably as possible. Doctors can adjust treatment as needed and provide supportive care to manage treatment-related side effects and complications. Coping with a cancer diagnosis is emotionally and psychologically challenging. You don't have to deal with side effects alone. In addition to discussing with your medical team, if you are experiencing AML symptoms and want to know what has worked for other blood cancer patients, visit HealthTree's Side Effect Solutions tool. Here you can search for the symptoms you are experiencing and read about what's worked (and what hasn't worked) for patients just like you.