pls explain to me what is acute myeloid leukemia is all about...

and medications to it

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    Angelo,

    About 12,000 Americans learn they have acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) each year. People can get AML at any age. The chance of getting AML increases with age. About 1 in 5 children with acute leukemia has AML.

    For specific questions, you can freely contact an Information Specialist at The Leukemia& Lymphoma Society at www.LLS.org or (800) 955-4572. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’sfree booklet, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, gives more details on this disease and its treatment.

    Leukemia is a type of cancer. There are 4 main types of

    leukemia. Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is 1 of the

    4 types. With AML, the leukemic cells are often referred

    to as blast cells. AML starts with a change to a single cell in the bone

    marrow. Marrow is the spongy center inside the bones. In most cases doctors do not know what causes a healthy cell to change to an AML cell.

    You cannot catch AML from someone else.

    There are different types of AML. These are called subtypes.

    Doctors look at the AML cells in a patient’s marrow or

    blood to identify the patient’s subtype of AML. Treatment

    for AML depends on the patient’s subtype of AML.

    Some changes that a person with AML may have are

    • Tiredness or no energy

    • Shortness of breath during physical activity

    • Pale skin

    • Swollen gums

    • Slow healing of cuts

    • Pinhead-size red spots under the skin

    • Prolonged bleeding from minor cuts

    • Mild fever

    • Black-and-blue marks (bruises) with no clear cause

    • Aches in bones or knees, hips or shoulder.

    Induction therapy is the term for the first part of treatment with chemotherapy. Induction therapy is done in the hospital. Patients are

    often in the hospital for 3 to 4 weeks. Some patients may

    need to be in the hospital longer.

    Some patients with AML can be cured. Children with AML and patients with a type of AML called acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) are among those most often cured.

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