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Nomenclature: Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, AML.

Acute myeloid Leukemia, more popularly known by its abbreviated form - AML, is a fast- evolving leukemia that affects both children and adults alike.

Acute Myeloid Leukemic cells under Microscope

The word 'leukemia' means 'white blood,' and is used to indicate the high white blood cell counts of the disease.

Leukemia is a cancer that begins in the inner part of the bone marrow and moves quickly into the blood from where it spreads to other parts such as the spleen, lymph nodes, liver, central nervous system and to the other organs of the body. There are two forms of myeloid leukemia chronic and acute. The term 'Chronic' refers to slowly evolving form of myeloid leukemia that may take years to progress. The 'acute' variety, on the other hand, advances in a quick manner. 'Myeloid' refers to the type of WBC that is affected. Leukemia was first recognized 150 years ago, and since then has been intensely researched and studied. The treatment of leukemia over the years has seen remarkable triumphs, frustrations and failures. Dr.Donald Pinkel, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA, sums it up as follows:

"The value of history is not just in savoring the past, but in appreciating how it illuminates the present and guides us into the future. Several lessons can be learned from the study of the history of leukemia, particularly childhood leukemia. One is the importance of heeding new facts and listening to new ideas and hypotheses. At each point in the history of leukemia there have been instances of lost time and opportunity because of unreasoned resistance to innovation. It is important for physicians and scientists to be open to new thinking that challenges conventional wisdom and ways.

Normally the bone marrow produces immature stem cells that grow and differentiate into the three blood cells type the Red Blood Cells (RBC), the White Blood Cells (WBC) and Platelets. These blood cells vary in their morphology and function. The RBCs carry oxygen and other nutrients to the different body tissues; the WBCs fight off infections and diseases while the platelets are responsible for blood coagulation.

In leukemia, a single WBC stem cell becomes abnormal and undergoes uncontrolled proliferation. These leukemic cells can be found in the blood and they course through the body, causing enlargement of the spleen, liver and other organs.

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my friend surfing with acute myeloblastic leukemia with maturation. Now he going on chemotherapy. He is on my 2nd session[0, 1 ,2]. Still two more session as per the doctor. Also Doctor's told good progress. I want to know what type of food will add more value to get more immunity. Please give some suggestion on food from nature.
PurushNaidu Friday, December 20, 2013
Hi.. i am 23 years old diagnose with AML last October 2012 and currently receiving chemotherapy. i am on my 2nd session and my doctor said i will have another session this december. id like to know when they say 5 years survival does that mean i only have 5years left eventhough i take my chemotherapy?
epikia Tuesday, November 27, 2012
No, that only means that they certify that your cancer is cured only after 5 years, till then they monitor and see that it doesn't relapse by then.
Vikram_Muddya Thursday, November 29, 2012
78 years aged mother suffering from lukemia pls tell me about the effective medicine and tell me about the chancec or not for recovery.. and which medicine are good for the acute lukemia pls write some medicines name for the recovery for the patitent
mehul23 Tuesday, June 12, 2012
plz take your mother to cancer hospital.the medicine is depends up on the type of leukemia. Tuesday, December 4, 2012
I have Acute Leukemia[AML] cancer to my sister. Her age is 25 years. In recent test reports Blast are about 80%. Can you please tell me how i can proceed to cure my sister.
Ravikohli Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Hello.i just read about AML and i am satisfied with the information providede. Though i have one small enquiry; Anthracycline has been listed as one of the drugs given during Chemotherapy that may cause AML in the future and yet it has been listed as a drug for treating AML. Doess it mean that you are at risk of contracting AML again? I will apprecite your assistance on this qustion..
Nimat Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Anthracyclines have been found to produce AML in patients who underwent treatment for breast cancer and Hodgkin's lymphoma, especially when used with other anticancer drugs and in high doses. Currently anthracyclines are very effective in AML, and the risk of them causing AML are small, hence they are used in AML.
simipaknikar Sunday, February 6, 2011
I have just been dx with cml my doctor has not told me much trying to get pills problem with insurance what is the prognosis for me 69 yr olde femal
erniepat Thursday, September 2, 2010
my partner is 52 and had hairy cell leukemia 3 times in the past 10 years but has just been diagnosed with AML. What is the chances of a recovery.
mammy4 Sunday, August 29, 2010
There is a research case report on certain ayrvedic drugs on Cancer (Myelofibrosis) in the google search. I think there is medicine for this disease in Ayurveda. And one of my relatives is undergoing ayrvedic treatment for myelofibrosis after it was detected from Manipal Medical College and advised there is no treatment for this in allopathy.
BALAKRISHNAN Tuesday, July 6, 2010
hi, my father has Acute Myeloid Leukemia and an under lying condition of myloid fibrosis. He has no other side effects and often only feels tired with leg pains. It appears the cancer has come back. Has anyone tried any alternate therapies? He is on a clinical trial and seems to be baffling his doctors. Any advice?
Johanna Monday, December 14, 2009
my sister was diagnosed with AML and she is in her second year now since she was diagnosed last year. She is ok as of now after her low dose of chemotherapy. I know that prognosis of this disease is poor. Is there patients having this kind of leukemia survived? Is there a possibility that she might respond to bone marrow transplant? Please help me to find support group that offers financial supports. Pls. let me know. Thanks.
abelzkie Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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