Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
What Is It?
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a type of leukemia. It is also called acute myelogenous leukemia, acute myeloblastic leukemia, acute myelocytic leukemia, acute granulocytic leukemia, and acute nonlymphocytic leukemia.
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Bone marrow is the soft, inner part of bones where blood cells are produced. The word "acute" in acute myeloid leukemia refers to the fact that the disease can progress quickly.
AML starts in the blood-forming cells of the bone marrow. These blood-forming cells are called myeloid stem cells. Myeloid stem cells normally develop into: