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.

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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Jak wykryc ostra bialaczke szpikowa (AML)?

Dr Agnieszka Wierzbowska z Uniwersytetu Medycznego w Lodzi przybliza podstawowe metody wykrywania ostrej bialaczki szpikowej.

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Comment annoncer un premier diagnostic de leucémie aigüe à un patient ?

Mohamad Mohty, professeur à l’Hôpital Saint-Antoine, Paris, France explique qu’il est fondamental pour la personne qui annonce un premier diagnostic de leucémie aiguë de veiller avec la plus grande attention aux mots employés.

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Diagnóstico de la leucemia aguda

Nos lo explica el doctor Albert Oriol, Adjunto de Hematología del Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol (Instituto Catalán de Oncología), en una entrevista realizada en el congreso de la Sociedad Americana de Hematología (ASH) en diciembre de 2016.

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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 Tiny 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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Quels sont les examens que doivent passer les patients atteints de leucémie aigüe?

Professeur Denis-Claude Roy, de l'Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont & Université de Montréal, Canada, décrit quels sont les différents examens que doivent passer les patients atteints de leucémie aigue et quelles anomalies sont recherchées.

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Page last updated on March 8, 2017