What should be avoided by patients receiving standard chemotherapy regimens for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML)?

Updated: May 26, 2020
  • Author: Karen Seiter, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Current standard chemotherapy regimens cure only a minority of patients with AML. As a result, all patients should be evaluated for entry into well-designed clinical trials. If a clinical trial is not available, the patient can be treated with standard therapy. For consolidation chemotherapy or for the management of toxic effects of chemotherapy, readmission is required.

When receiving chemotherapy, patients should avoid exposure to crowds and people with contagious illnesses, especially children with viral infections. Any patient with neutropenic fever or infection should immediately be treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics. (See Antimicrobial Agents in Neutropenic Cancer Patients and Neutropenic Fever Empiric Therapy .)


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