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A diagnosis of secondary acute myeloid leukemia (sAML) can be overwhelming. Here are the basics about sAML that are important to understand.
AML is a blood cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many abnormal white blood cells called myeloblasts, red blood cells or platelets.1 There are different types of AML, based on how mature the myeloblasts are at the time of diagnosis and how different they are from normal cells.1
It can be difficult to pinpoint an exact cause of AML in each individual.2 A diagnosis of sAML constitutes approximately 30% of AML cases.3,4 sAML may be linked to specific preexisting conditions, like myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), or to prior treatment for a malignant or non-malignant disease.5
The type of sAML you have will inform your treatment plan, so it’s important to discuss subtype testing with your doctor.