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How can chemotherapy help with treating acute myeloid leukemia (AML)?

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Chemotherapy uses strong drugs to kill cancer cells all over your body. You get these drugs by mouth, through an IV, or via an injection under your skin.

If the cancer has spread, you'll get chemotherapy into the fluid around your brain and spinal cord. Doctors call this intrathecal chemotherapy.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia," "Other Drugs for Acute Myeloid Leukemia," "Radiation Therapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia," "Stem Cell Transplant for Myeloid Leukemia," "Typical Treatment of Most Types of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (Except Acute Promyelocytic M3)."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Leukemia - Acute Myeloid - AML - Treatment Options."

National Cancer Institute: "Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment (PDQ) - Patient Version."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) treatment in adults (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 29, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia," "Other Drugs for Acute Myeloid Leukemia," "Radiation Therapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia," "Stem Cell Transplant for Myeloid Leukemia," "Typical Treatment of Most Types of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (Except Acute Promyelocytic M3)."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Leukemia - Acute Myeloid - AML - Treatment Options."

National Cancer Institute: "Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment (PDQ) - Patient Version."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) treatment in adults (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 29, 2017

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