If your body shows signs or symptoms of acute myelogenous leukemia, your doctor may recommend that you will undergo diagnostic tests, including:
- Blood tests
- Bone marrow test
- Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
- Genomic testing
If your doctor has diagnosed that you have leukemia, you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in blood cancer like a hematologist or medical oncologist for treatment.
In treating acute myelogenous leukemia, options may vary on several factors, regardless of the type of the illness, age, overall health condition, and preferences as well.
Treatments are divided into two phases:
- Remission induction therapy– the main reason for the first phase of treatment is to kill those malignant cells in both the blood and bone marrow. Although remission induction usually doesn’t remove all of the cancer cells, it is advised that you undergo further treatment to prevent the disease from coming back.
- Consolidation therapy–also known as post-remission therapy, maintenance therapy or intensification. In this phase of treatment, its main target is to kill the remaining cancer It is considered critical treatment because it decreases the risk of an individual from suffering.
Therapies used in treating the early stages of acute myeloid leukemia will include:
- Targeted therapy
- Other drug therapy
- Bone marrow transplant
- Clinical trials