Acute Myelogenous Leukemia

Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), also known as acute myeloid leukemia, is one of four main types of leukemia. AML is a cancer that starts in the bone marrow, the spongy inner part of bones where new blood cells are made. AML forms in immature myeloid cells that, if developed normally, would turn into white blood cells, red blood cells or platelets. Instead, these abnormal cells, known as myeloblasts, form and build up, and, as the term "acute" suggests, spread quickly to the blood and other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes, brain, spinal cord, liver, spleen, or testicles. If not treated, AML can be fatal within a few months.


The UAB Medicine Leukemia Clinic utilizes state-of-the-art technology to screen for and treat leukemia. Our physicians are nationally recognized for their expertise and innovation in the field, and our research team is dedicated to improving treatments and, ultimately, finding a cure for these diseases. Because we are part of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB’s nationally recognized research programs, our patients may be eligible for medicines and treatments not available at other institutions in the region. Our Comprehensive Cancer Center is nationally recognized as one of the best in the country and is a leader in bone marrow transplantation. UAB Medicine's Bone Marrow Transplant Program is the only one in the state and has achieved a high level of success, even with difficult diagnoses.

A diagnosis of cancer can be stressful for patients, so we provide a nurse navigator to help organize your visit. The program streamlines your introduction to UAB Medicine by arranging for your medical records, setting your appointments, and guiding you through the process. This allows your treatment team to deliver more efficient care.






UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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