Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is a cancer of the blood cells. In leukemia, the body makes too many of certain blood cells, especially white blood cells, and they may not work well. White blood cells are a part of the immune system, which helps protect the body from infection and disease. In AML, the white cells are not mature and are not able to help the body fight infection. The leukemia cells can crowd out the healthy blood cells and can collect in other organs, such as the spleen.
The most common treatment for AML is chemotherapy. You also may get medicines to help with some of the side effects of treatment, including nausea and tiredness.
When you find out that you have 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 yourself feel better while you go through treatment. Call the Canadian Cancer Society (1-888-939-3333) or visit its website at www.cancer.ca for more information.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 28, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
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