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Cancers that are acute usually get worse quickly if they are not treated

In AML, the myeloid stem cells usually develop into a type of white blood cell called myeloblasts. The myeloblasts, or leukemia cells, in AML are abnormal and do not become healthy white blood cells The leukemia cells can build up in the blood and bone marrow so there is less room for white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. When this happens, infection, anemia, or easy bleeding may occur. The leukemia cells can spread outside the blood to other parts of the body including the skin and gums. Sometimes leukemia cells form a solid tumor called a chloroma.


General signs and symptoms of the early stages of acute leukemia may mimic those of the flu or other common diseases. Signs and symptoms of acute myelogenous leukemia include:
  • Fever
  • Bone pain
  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
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  • Frequent infections
  • Easy bruising
  • Unusual bleeding, such as frequent nosebleeds and bleeding from the gums

Boys and Men are more likely to get this disease.

This disease is developable.

The treatments:
  • Stem cell transplant.Stem cell transplant, also called bone marrow transplant, may be used for consolidation therapy. Stem cell transplant helps re-establish healthy stem cells by replacing unhealthy bone marrow with leukemia-free stem cells that will regenerate healthy bone marrow. Prior to a stem cell transplant, you receive very high doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy to destroy your leukemia-producing bone marrow. Then you receive infusions of stem cells from a compatible donor (allogeneic transplant). You can also receive your own stem cells (autologous transplant) if you were previously in remission and had your healthy stem cells removed and stored for a future transplant.