Making a Treatment Plan
- Making treatment treatment decisions about AML should revolve around your goals
- For a healthy adult, the odds of going into a first remission after AML treatment are around 70 to 80%
- The odds of another remission are cut in half every time a relapse of the disease occurs
When treating acute myeloid leukemia (AML), as with most cancers, the goal is a cure. However, most patients do not see a cure — either because the disease does not respond or because it recurs, according to Dr. Sekeres. For this reason, taking a patient’s goals into account is an important part of the treatment process.Read More
“Some people see those numbers and say, ‘If there’s any chance, I’m gonna go for it.’ And we will support them through that … other people hear those numbers and say, ‘Not good enough for me.’ And those are folks we will start to have a discussion about palliative care and hospice — and whether that person wants to continue to be support with blood and platelet transfusions, or not even that,” Dr. Sekeres says.