What are the goals of treatment for pediatric acute myelocytic leukemia (AML)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2017
  • Author: Mark E Weinblatt, MD; Chief Editor: Jennifer Reikes Willert, MD  more...
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The treatment of AML is directed toward 2 goals: (1) destroying the leukemic cells as rapidly as possible and preventing the emergence of a resistant clone, and (2) supporting the patient through long periods of pancytopenia until their bone marrow achieves hematologic remission and is again producing normal hematopoietic cells.


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