Acute myeloid leukemia

AML or Acute myeloid leukemia is one of the serious blood cancer diseases. “Acute” means that the leukemia can progress quickly. According to the American Cancer society, 13,780 new cases of AML will occur this year. Of this number, most will be adults.

Understanding Acute myeloid leukemia can help you discuss option and treatments with your doctor.

This form of leukemia is seen more often in men than in women, and patients with AML are typically over the age of 60. This disorder is characterized by too many immature white blood cells entering into the bone marrow resulting in a rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells. This excess of immature white blood cells interferes with the normal production of blood cells and the patient’s ability to fight infections. This disease causes a drop in the production of red blood cells and even the normal white blood cells. [Read more...]