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What are side effects of chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML)?

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Chemotherapy works by killing quickly dividing cells in your body. But it also may damage healthy cells. That can cause side effects, including:

Most of these side effects should go away once your treatment ends. Your doctor can give you medicines and other treatments to help you manage chemotherapy side effects.

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hair loss
  • Mouth sores
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Easy bruising and bleeding
  • Increased risk for infections

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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