Leukemia questions?..?

ok so i wanted to know more about Acute Meyloid Leukemia..in health class we have to talk to people with a bad disease.I have a little trouble talking to people (social anxiety) so i was hoping maybe someone who has it or knows a lot about it can answer my questions:

1:Chemotherapy is a treatment of cancers..how long does the treatment process of chemo for AML last?

2:Do you get chemo every day?

3:Do you get treated with more than just chemo?

My uncle has esophageal cancer and he got chemo once a week and radiation everyday for 6 weeks..is treatment for AML close to how he was treated? thank you for answering

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  • 8 years ago
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    1. Usually one week of daily chemotherapy using several drugs

    (There are over 100 different chemo drugs.

    Chemo is not one thing as some people think.)

    2. Yes - daily for a week as induction chemotherapy.

    3. Depends which type of AML. There are at least seven types all different diseases.

    Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) - M3 type - is treated with all-trans-retinoic acid

    (ATRA ) in addition to induction chemotherapy.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_myeloid_leukemi...

    This is my medical specialty. I treated people with AML for 20 years.

    Source(s): MD Medical Oncologist and Hematologist - a cancer and blood specialist doctor - with twenty years experience
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