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Treating Acute Myelogenous Leukemia with the Most Advanced Treatment Options

Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are the most common types of blood cancer. Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is another form of cancer that develops in bone marrow blood cells. Also known as acute myeloid leukemia, this type of blood cancer originates in myelocytes, called myeloblasts or blasts, which are most often early forms of white blood cells. In some cases they can also be early red blood cells, or megakaryocytes.

As the leukemia cells grow, they can crowd out the normal cells in the bone marrow. This inhibits the diversity of blood cells and decreases red blood cell counts. People with AML have too many white blood cells in their blood; these cells are not normal and don't help fight infections. This makes people with AML more prone to infections. AML can also deplete platelets, which can lead to excess bleeding or bruising.

AML is an acute form of leukemia which tends to grow fast and needs to be treated right away. It can be diagnosed by blood and bone marrow tests.

Different Types of AML

There are several AML types, depending on what type of cells the leukemia starts in, and on the maturity of cells. The main acute leukemia type includes:

  • Undifferentiated AML
  • Myeloblastic leukemia with minimal maturation
  • Myeloblastic leukemia with maturation
  • Promyelocytic leukemia
  • Myelomonocytic leukemia
  • Myelomonocytic leukemia with eosinophilia
  • Monocytic leukemia
  • Erythroid leukemia
  • Megakaryoblastic leukemia

Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) Treatment Options

Once diagnosed, your next concern will be the right treatment option, or options, for you. Regardless of the type of AML diagnosed, RWJBarnabas Health in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, offers the most advanced cancer treatment from a compassionate team of oncologists and other specialists. Our team works with you to create a personalized AML care plan that empowers you to take charge of your health and continue living your best life. Your team at RWJBarnabas Health is here to address any questions concerns you might have. We’ll help you understand how you’ll feel and function after treatment, and if you’ll have to change any of your normal activities.

Together, you and your RWJBarnabas Health care team will work together to select the right treatment option for you.

To contact one of New Jersey’s best blood cancer specialists call
844-CANCERNJ or 844-226-2376.

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