Fight AML by knowing your AML
Acute Myeloid Leukemia or Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) is a kind of cancer that affects blood cells.
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Know AML is the world’s first global AML awareness coalition supporting AML World Awareness Day on April 21. The mission of Know AML is to raise awareness and education in AML to patients, carers, families, healthcare professionals and the general public.
In December 2016, during the American Society of Hematology (ASH) meeting, a collective of AML patient Leaders, professional and industry representatives, now named the Know AML Coalition, gathered to agree on how to mark AML World Awareness Day in 2017.
The Fight AML campaign aims to improve education and support in order to empower the AML community in its fight against AML and it is the first of many Know AML awareness and education activities.
Fight AML by knowing your AML
Acute Myeloid Leukemia or Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) is a kind of cancer that affects blood cells. Red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen, white blood cells fight infections and disease, and platelets help clotting. AML leads to abnormal production of one or several of these blood cells in the bone marrow, a soft inner part of the bone. These abnormal cells are called leukemia cells and they can build up in the bone marrow and the blood, where they can spread to other organs. Signs and symptoms of AML include shortness of breath, easy bruising, fever, weakness, and infections. AML develops very rapidly and can become fatal without treatment.
Fight AML by knowing your diagnosis
Due to improper functioning of blood cells in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), certain symptoms can arise. Shortness of breath, easy bruising, fever, weakness, and infections are common signs that you have AML. Once the symptoms of AML are suspected, several laboratory tests are done to confirm that it is AML. These tests include a complete blood count and bone marrow sample test. Once AML has been confirmed, additional tests may be required to determine the type of AML you have. Additionally, changes in your cell behavior, which are genetic abnormalities, might be associated with your AML. Genetic testing might be required to assess the type of abnormality present. It is important to get this testing done immediately as it helps determine the appropriate treatment options that are right for you.
Have you had a genetic test to determine your type of AML?
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Fight AML by knowing your type
Recently, researchers have identified that genetic abnormalities are found in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). This genetic abnormality varies from one AML to another, indicating that there are different types of AML, and can impact the outlook and treatment of the AML. It is important that you are aware of any genetic abnormalities that might be present in your AML.
Do you know your type of AML?
Fight AML by knowing your treatment
The current standard of care for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) includes chemotherapy and transplantation. However, it is really important to be aware that your type of AML requires specific treatment. The outlook for AML patients has improved over recent years. New treatments may be available for your specific type of AML and may provide a better outlook for you. These new personalized therapies for AML patients are currently in clinical trials. Due to the acuteness of AML, it is important that treatment begins immediately after AML is diagnosed. Ask your hematologist or doctor about clinical trials for your type of AML or if they are appropriate for you.
Did you know that your treatment can be specific for your type of AML?
Fight AML by knowing your support
There are several resources that are available for you. These can provide further in-depth information about Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and also offer support for you. These include patient advocacy groups that provide information on support available for you, organizations that offer 24-hour patient helpline services, emotional support, and also financial advice. There are also patient forums available, where AML patients can share their experiences with one another.
Do you know your local support group?