Acute Myeloid Leukemia Diagnosis and Treatment in Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is one of the most common and fastest-spreading types of leukemia, accounting for nearly one-third of leukemia diagnoses. AML can progress rapidly if left untreated, so receiving an accurate diagnosis and beginning treatment as promptly as possible is crucial to promoting a positive outcome.
Our team of skilled oncologists at Regional Cancer Care Associates offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for AML. At any of our locations in Connecticut, Maryland, or New Jersey, we can help relieve your symptoms and restore your quality of life.
What Is Acute Myeloid Leukemia?
Unlike other cancers, leukemia doesn’t originate in a single organ. Instead, it affects the blood and circulates throughout the body. AML starts in the bone marrow, where new blood cells are made. By attacking the stem cells that produce white blood cells, AML prevents healthy cells from fully maturing. The result is a population of white blood cells that can’t perform their role in fighting infection.
What Are The Signs, Symptoms, and Risk Factors Of Acute Myeloid Leukemia?
Most patients with AML don’t experience specific symptoms related to the cancer, but instead confront symptoms of some other infection that their body cannot effectively fight due to AML. These infections can cause weight loss, fatigue, and fever, but in some cases patients may show signs of low red blood cell counts (anemia) or a platelet deficiency, including:
- Pale, clammy skin
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Weakness and shortness of breath
- Frequent nosebleeds, bloody gums, or other excessive bleeding
- Unwarranted bruising
- Joint pain
Certain populations are more at risk of AML than others. For instance, men are at a slightly higher risk than women. Individuals older than age 45 are also at risk, as are those with a family history of leukemia. AML risk also is higher in people with:
- A pre-existing disorder, most often a blood problem that causes low blood cell counts and abnormal cells
- Certain genetic syndromes, including Down syndrome and some types of genetic anemia
Outside of age, sex, and genetics, some external risk factors are linked to AML. Smoking is the most significant risk factor, as cancer-causing substances in tobacco can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Exposure to high-dosage radiation can also trigger AML, as can long-term exposure to benzene and other workplace chemicals. Certain chemotherapy drugs may also increase risk.
Diagnosis and Personalized Treatment
At Regional Cancer Care Associates, we understand that no two leukemia diagnoses are alike. We’ll work with you to evaluate your medical history and risk factors to devise a personalized treatment plan, which may include one or more of the following:
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with AML or is concerned about symptoms, learn more about treatment by scheduling an appointment at Regional Cancer Care Associates. We have 31 locations across Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey, which makes it easy for you to access the compassionate care you need wherever you are.