Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in children
In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), white blood cells which are produced in bone marrow, are abnormal and do not become healthy cells. These abnormal cells crowd out the normal ones, so the child's body has a harder time fighting off infection.
Symptoms of AML often develop quickly and continue to get worse so early treatment is important.
Thanks to advances in therapy and clinical trials, the outlook for kids with AML has improved. With treatment, most are cured.
Symptoms and diagnosis
Diagnosing acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in children
Symptoms can include:
Bleeding that is hard to stop
Pain in the bones or joints
To diagnose AML, your child’s doctor will ask questions about their medical history and do a physical examination. They will also take a small sample of your child’s bone marrow to examine under a microscope. This is called a bone marrow biopsy.
Additional tests might include:
What are the options?
Doctors usually treat children with acute myeloid leukemia with chemotherapy. Children with an aggressive type of AML might need a bone marrow transplant.
Fighting pediatric cancer and blood disorders
The UW Health Kids Cancer Care team offers the most advanced treatment options. Our pediatric cancer and blood disorder experts are national research leaders. We test new therapies and continue to work on therapies for pediatric cancer and blood disorders. For many children with rare or hard-to-treat conditions, clinical trials provide new options.
Comprehensive care within the American Family Children's Hospital pediatric hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant program means having the ability to readily access the knowledge and skills of many medical and supportive care specialists in the coordinated care of patients with a complex health diagnosis like cancer.
At American Family Children’s Hospital, you will find a friendly, child-centered environment. Our hospital is designed with relaxing spaces and areas where children are encouraged to play.
Meet our team
Experts dedicated to your child's care
Patient and support services
You’re never alone
There are services available at both American Family Children’s Hospital and in the community to help patients and their families through every step of their journey.
Child life specialists help your child and family cope with any fears and anxieties, and the American Family Children's Hospital patient and family visitor guide features information about:
Positive Image Center
Spiritual care services
Tyler's Place (sibling child care)
Pediatric cancer services
With our expertise comes compassion. Our team considers you and your child part of our family. We will be by your side every step of the way. From diagnosis through treatment and into adulthood, we will care for your child as if they are our own.Learn more