Spoke with someone yesterday who’s son has leukemia. He is in the middle of treatment, which I found to be different than the treatment for many other cancers. Here is some general information about the disorder from St. Jude Children’s Hospital Website. I will post about treatment options and the son’s treatment choices tomorrow:

Leukemias / Lymphomas: Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
Alternate Names: AML, non-lymphoid, myeloblastic, granulocytic or myelocytic leukemia

Definition
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML ) affects various white blood cells including granulocytes, monocytes and platelets. Leukemic cells accumulate in the bone marrow, replace normal blood cells and can spread to the liver, spleen, skin, or central nervous system.

Incidence
Approximately 500 children are diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in the United States each year.
AML is diagnosed in about 20 percent of children with leukemia.
AML is the most common second malignancy (a different or second cancer found in a patient previously treated for cancer) in children treated for malignancies.
Influencing Factors
There is a greater incidence of leukemia among people exposed to large amounts of radiation and certain chemicals (e.g. benzene).

Survival Rates
Although approximately 80 to 90 percent of children with acute myeloid leukemia attain remissions (absence of leukemic cells), some of those patients have later recurrences. About 60 percent of children with AML achieve long-term remissions with chemotherapy or stem cell transplantation

More tomorrow. Feel good and keep smiling! Pat

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