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Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a blood cancer which affects the myeloid cells, which include red cells, platelets and some white blood cells. AML stops the body producing enough of these cells.

There are several different subtypes of AML, and the type your child has will depend on which type of myeloid cell is mainly being produced in excess. One important subtype is called acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL) and it makes up about 1 in 10 cases of AML. Knowing whether or not your child has APL is important because it is treated very differently to other subtypes. Special tests will be done to distinguish between APL and other types of AML.

AML in childhood is rare, it only accounts for 15% of all leukaemias in children.

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