February 18, 2016

eCard of the Week #127: Someone I Love Has Cancer

Someone I love does have cancer. My son has Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Adult acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal myeloblasts (a type of white blood cell), red blood cells, or platelets.

Leukemia may affect red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

There are different subtypes of AML.

Smoking, previous chemotherapy treatment, and exposure to radiation may affect the risk of adult AML.

Signs and symptoms of adult AML include fever, feeling tired, and easy bruising or bleeding.

Tests that examine the blood and bone marrow are used to detect (find) and diagnose adult AML.

Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.

Read more about AML at www.cancer.gov/types/leukemia/patient/adult-aml-treatment-pdq 

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