What is included in patient education about 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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Family members should be familiar with signs of infection other than fever. Dermatologic clues of bleeding, especially petechiae and purpura, should be recognized and investigated.

Discuss the adverse effects of chemotherapy and transplantation at length with family members.

Psychosocial intervention is often necessary for the patient and his or her parents and siblings. A diagnosis of leukemia has profound effects on all family members, with a dramatic change in the patient's lifestyle until all treatment is completed.

Home tutoring is often necessary during the entire period of treatment.

For patient education information, see Leukemia.


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