Why choose us for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) care?
AML is a blood cancer with symptoms that come on suddenly. At Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, you don’t have to wait to take control of your well-being.
Our board-certified blood cancer doctors (hematologist oncologists) work with other highly skilled experts to deliver personalized care. You can get the services you need close to home, including sophisticated tests and clinical trials, if you are eligible.
AML is one of the many blood cancers we treat. Find out more about our hematology oncology program.
What you need to know about acute myeloid leukemia
- Leukemia is a blood cancer. It affects bone marrow, the tissue that supports blood cell development. There are many types, including acute myeloid leukemia.
- Acute myeloid leukemia causes abnormal white blood cells to develop and build up in the immune system. These buildups get in the way of healthy cells and put you at risk for infections and other health problems.
- Sometimes, AML spreads to different organs in the body, particularly the spleen, liver, brain and spinal cord, and testicles.
- AML most often affects older adults, but survivors of childhood cancer may also get this disease.
How to talk to your doctor about acute myeloid leukemia
An AML diagnosis can leave you feeling uncertain about your health. But many patients feel better after talking with our team. We answer your questions and give detailed explanations about the next steps in your care.
You might want to ask your doctor about:
- Additional testing that may be necessary to confirm a diagnosis or coordinate therapies
- Cancer stage — how advanced the leukemia is and if it may spread
- Treatments, including innovative options such as targeted therapy
- Potential treatment side effects and therapies to help you stay comfortable
- Support to help you push past challenges that AML may bring to your daily life
You are welcome to bring loved ones with you to appointments to help you make care decisions. Family members and trusted friends can give you the extra support you deserve.
There are many types of AML, including acute promyelocytic leukemia and acute monocytic leukemia. Doctors who specialize in diagnosing blood disorders (hematopathologists) determine the specific type by examining a tissue sample under a microscope. Our expertise leads to an accurate diagnosis so you receive the correct treatments.