Diagnosis

In this section, you can learn about how AML is diagnosed, including the symptoms and tests that you would expect to experience. The videos provide an outline of what happens during diagnosis and explain the next steps in your treatment journey. There are also practical tips on how to make the right decisions and make sure that you get the best care.

AML symptoms are often non-specific: feeling tired, fever, and aches, but they increase in persistence or severity over time. Some other symptoms can be more severe (e.g. bleeding). The disease is diagnosed using bone marrow aspiration – this is a procedure where a sample bone marrow is taken from the soft tissue inside your bones using a big needle. The sample is usually taken from the hipbone.  There are different types of AML and your healthcare team will perform blood tests to determine exactly which type you have. This will help them to devise the right treatment plan for you.

A conversation with your healthcare team about your diagnosis, treatment options and long-term outcomes is the best place to start. Consider writing down details about what they say or recording the conversation (after getting approval) so that you can go over it later, or run through the options with your friends, family or support group.

Watch these videos with the world's leading AML experts to learn more about the diagnostic and decision-making process.

Diagnosing and Managing AML: Understanding Disease Presentation

Leading AML expert Dr. Uma Borate goes back to the basics to explain how AML presents itself in the body and the recommended testing at diagnosis. Watch now to learn more.

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How Likely Is It for a Patient's Myelofibrosis or MDS to Transform Into AML?

What percentage of people with MDS or an MPN transform into AML? Our expert panel explains the signs to look for and what tests are done for patient risk assessment.

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Know Your Diagnosis: How Do AML Cells Change Over Time?

How do AML cells arise and interact with the body? Watch as AML experts discuss the fundamental biology patients should know about their condition.

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AML Patient Story: Tina Loevgren

What is it like as a patient with acute myeloid leukemia (AML)? Watch as AML patient Tina Loevgren and her husband share their experience with her AML journey.

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Becky's Story: Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Becky was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukeemia (AML) when she was 20. Watch Becky's video to hear more about her experience with AML, from diagnosis, through treatment and getting support.

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Sally's Story: Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

Sally was diagnosed 10 years ago with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) after suffering with severe bruising on her arms and legs. Watch now to hear her experience.

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I've Been Diagnosed With Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML): What Happens Now?

At the stage of diagnosis, acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients often have to be hospitalized, due to the severe symptoms presented. Dr. Charles Craddock of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK, describes next steps.

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What to Do and Expect Immediately After AML Diagnosis

Dr. Alan Burnett from Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK provides practical advice on what you can do once a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) has been confirmed.

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Page last updated on March 8, 2017