Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Symptoms, Treatment

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) usually develops from cells that would turn into white blood cells (other than lymphocytes). With acute types of leukemia such as AML, bone marrow cells don’t mature the way they’re supposed to. These WBC, often called blast cells, just keep multiplying and post metastasis affect kidney, ovaries, liver and other organs

Signs and Symptoms of AML:

The symptoms of AML include fatigue, fever, loss of appetite or weight, night sweats, Dizziness, feeling cold, light-headedness, headaches, shortness of breath, recurring infections and fevers, bruising for no clear reason, frequent or severe nosebleeds, bleeding gums, unusual bleeding, such as from minor cuts, bone or joint pain, a full or swollen belly from leukemia cells in the liver or , swollen spleen,  skin rashes , lumps on the body, swollen, painful, bleeding gums, headache, trouble with balance, vomiting, seizures, or blurred vision, enlarged lymph nodes such as in the neck or groin, under arms, or above the collarbone (rare).

Treatment of AML:

Treatment for AML includes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, stem cell transplant and/or immunotherapy with chemotherapy being the most common.

Tomorrow we will cover: Lymphoma Types

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