Supportive Care

Throughout your AML treatment, you will be offered supportive care. This type of treatment is not given to treat your disease as such, but to help you to manage the symptoms and side effects that can occur with AML and its treatment.

For patients with AML, some common symptoms include low blood counts, including anaemia; infection; tumour lysis syndrome, caused by breakdown of tumor cells in the body; and kidney stones. Side effects of therapy may include mouth ulcers, diarrhea, rashes, fatigue, temporary hair loss, and nausea and vomiting.

Supportive care varies from patient to patient, but may include medication, blood product transfusion, nutritional changes, relaxation techniques, and emotional support, among others. 

 

Videos

Improving Statistics on AML Patient Quality of Life

How has quality of life changed for AML patients with advances in treatment research? Watch now to hear Dr. Uma Borate share updates about AML survival and health outcomes.

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How Can Patients Manage Daily Stress of Life With AML?

Are there proven strategies to cope with the stress of AML? Tune in to hear noted expert Dr. Thomas LeBlanc gives advice for those struggling with emotional distress.

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Patient Advocate Don Armstrong: How an AML Survivor Gives Back

Meet patient advocate Don Armstrong as he shares his AML diagnosis story and ways he gives back to the cancer community after feeling like he’s been given a second chance at life.

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AML Patient Advice: Dealing With Emotions From Loved Ones

How can AML patients deal with the emotional response from others? Watch as patient advocate Jim Bond shares ways to work through anxiety, fear and worry together.

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Coping With the Cost of AML Care: Anxiety From Financial Toxicity

How can people deal with financial toxicity from AML care? Watch as Dr. Thomas LeBlanc and Michelle Rajotte discuss financial barriers to AML treatment and resources to help patients find assistance.

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How Can AML Patients Benefit From Support Groups?

Can support groups help patients and loved ones living with AML cope with anxiety, fear and depression? Listen as patient advocate Jim Bond shares tips for managing emotional distress.

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Emotional Aspects of Cancer: Resources to Help AML Patients and Care Partners Cope

What resources can help people cope with the emotional side of AML? Watch as Michelle Rajotte discusses tools that can provide support for patients and care partners dealing with cancer.

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Page last updated on June 20, 2019