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Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a type of cancer of the blood cells. In AML, the body starts to make one type of abnormal white blood cell. These cells can crowd out the healthy blood cells. This makes a child more likely to bleed, get infections, and not have enough red blood cells (anemia).
Chemotherapy (using medicines) is the main treatment. Radiation, bone marrow transplant, or other treatments also may be used. Your child may get medicine for the side effects of treatment, such as nausea and tiredness. You can do several things at home to help your child feel better and to prevent infections.
When you find out that your child has cancer, you may feel many emotions and may need some help coping. Seek out family, friends, and counsellors for support. You also can do things at home to make your child feel better during treatment. Call the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (1-877-668-8326) or visit its website at www.llscanada.org for more information.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your cancer clinic nurse (during regular clinic hours) or oncologist on-call (after hours) now or seek immediate medical care if:
For further information see Children’s Oncology Group Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
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Adaptation Date: 2/17/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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