Acute myeloid leukemia: Current understanding and management

Michelle Becker, Kyle A. Farina, John Mascarenhas

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Although relatively rare, acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is the most common type of acute leukemia in adults. AML is associated with poor 5-year overall survival and prompt treatment is critical. Classifying AML based on World Health Organization criteria is important for determining prognosis and applying a risk-adapted treatment approach. Throughout therapy, patients require comprehensive supportive care measures with blood product transfusions, antimicrobial treatment, and frequent monitoring for chemotherapy-related complications. This article provides an overview of AML and its treatments. Clinicians in all specialties must be able to recognize the early signs of AML and ensure their patients seek appropriate expert medical care with a hematologist/oncologist.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-39
Number of pages6
JournalJAAPA : official journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024


  • acute myeloid leukemia
  • cancer
  • chemotherapy
  • hematology/oncology
  • hematopoietic
  • stem cell transplant


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