What is included in monitoring and follow-up 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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Blood counts must carefully be monitored during and between phases of treatment.

After all planned therapy, careful physical examinations and blood work are important to ensure continued hematologic remission.

Most supportive medications can be discontinued when chemotherapy is completed. Such medications include prophylactic antibiotics, agents for nutritional support (eg, appetite stimulants), and antiemetics.

Patients usually require prolonged immunosuppressive therapy with prednisone and cyclosporine after transplantation. Penicillin, antifungal medications, acyclovir, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole are continued until all immunosuppressive medications are discontinued.


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