Treatment for AML
Because acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) develops quickly, treatment usually begins as soon as a diagnosis is made. Treatment will depend on the subtype, the genetic make-up of the AML, and your overall health and age. Chemotherapy is the main treatment. You may have further treatments depending on the subtype and how the AML responds to chemotherapy.
Learn more about treatment for AML:
- Making treatment decisions
- Stem cell transplant
- Low-dose drug therapy
- Targeted therapy
- Radiation therapy
- Treatment for APML
- Palliative treatment
Asking about fertility
Treatment for AML can cause temporary or permanent infertility. If you may want to have a baby in the future, ask your doctor for a referral to a fertility specialist before treatment starts. You may be able to store eggs, embryos, ovarian tissue or sperm for later use. For more on this see Infertility.
A/Prof John Moore (Conjoint UNSW), Senior Staff Specialist Haematology, Department of Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant, Kinghorn Cancer Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital; Glynda Blomson, Consumer; Kevin Bloom, Senior Social Worker, Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant, Royal North Shore Hospital; Sharon Frazer, Consumer; Prof Angela Hong, Radiation Oncologist, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, and Clinical Professor, The University of Sydney; Yvonne King, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council NSW; Karen Maddock, Clinical Nurse Consultant – Haematology, Westmead Hospital.
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