Secondary AML (sAML) is not a one-size-fits-all diagnosis. Like a fingerprint, your experience with sAML is unique. This cancer is more common in older people who are more likely to have preexisting health conditions.1 It is considered difficult to treat and often requires specialized treatment.1,2
A diagnosis of secondary acute myeloid leukemia (sAML) can be overwhelming. Here are the basics about sAML that are important to understand.
There are several different types of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), including secondary AML (sAML).3 If you’ve been recently diagnosed, a hematologist-oncologist who specializes in the treatment of blood cancers may utilize a patient’s medical history to perform subtype testing, in order to help determine the specific type of sAML and inform treatment decisions.
Like so many other diseases, cancer does not just impact the patient. In many scenarios, there are partners, siblings, children and/or friends who take on the role of caregiver.