Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in Children: What to Know

What Is Acute Myeloid Leukemia?

Acute myeloid leukemia can be described as a special type of blood cancer. Beginning from the bone marrow, and the soft inner area of the bones. AML can be contracted by children of any age and gender. Leukemia can be described as cancer of the white blood cells while Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes a huge number of abnormal blood cells or it is an overproduction of immature white blood cells (blast cells).

There are different sub-classes of AML which depend solely upon which type of cell has become leukemic [1], the stage of development the cells are at, and whether the cells are differentiated. Knowing the subtype of AML helps doctors greatly in deciding the best treatment.