Expert Dr. David Steensma explains that the goal of treating acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is to help you live as long and well as possible. Some AML can be cured and other cases may go into remission. This means the disease is not cured, but is also not active.
Many people with AML cannot have intensive treatment, such as high-dose chemotherapy, because of their age or other health problems. They may have blood transfusions or low-intensity chemotherapy. Some patients may have a stem cell transplant, also called a bone marrow transplant. If your AML is treated and comes back, you may have treatment designed for the specific genetic changes you have.