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Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia (APL)

Acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL) is a blood cancer, which affects the myeloid cells, which include red blood cells, platelets and some white blood cells. APL is a rare sub-type of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). When you have APL, the bone marrow is not able to make enough normal blood cells.

APL is treated in a very different way from other forms of AML, if a patient with APL is given standard treatment, there is a risk of serious problems with their clotting system. Fortunately, it is usually very easy to tell the difference between APL and other types of AML.

Acute promyelocytic leukaemia usually responds very well to treatment and patients with this form of leukaemia have a good chance of being cured. 

  • Published: Aug 2016
  • Next planned review: Aug 2018