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Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

Affects: White blood cells and the bone marrow

Most common symptoms: Feeling tired, bruising, being prone to infection

Causes: Unknown

Tests: Blood tests, bone marrow sample, lumbar puncture and chest x-ray

Treatment: Chemotherapy and possibly stem cell transplant

White cells help us fight infection and disease and AML is a cancer of one type of these white cells, the myeloid cells. The most common symptoms are feeling tired, bruising, being prone to infection and, for some, pain in their bones. The cause is unknown. Blood tests, bone marrow sample and a lumbar puncture are the tests which will be done to diagnose AML. The treatment includes chemotherapy, steroids and radiotherapy.

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