Supportive Care

Throughout your AML treatment, you will be offered supportive care. This type of treatment is not given to treat your disease as such, but to help you to manage the symptoms and side effects that can occur with AML and its treatment.

For patients with AML, some common symptoms include low blood counts, including anaemia; infection; tumour lysis syndrome, caused by breakdown of tumor cells in the body; and kidney stones. Side effects of therapy may include mouth ulcers, diarrhea, rashes, fatigue, temporary hair loss, and nausea and vomiting.

Supportive care varies from patient to patient, but may include medication, blood product transfusion, nutritional changes, relaxation techniques, and emotional support, among others. 

 

Videos

Strengthening Your AML Care Team: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

What questions should AML patients ask to learn more about their treatment path? Watch as Dr. Uma Borate and Amanda Fowler cover topics for newly diagnosed to later stage patients to bring up.

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Where Can AML Patients and Caregivers Connect With Support?

What support programs are offered to those living with AML? Watch now to learn about resources that help patients and caregivers find community through their AML journeys.

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AML Patient and Expert Perspectives: What Is Transplant Like?

Dr. Uma Borate and Don Armstrong discuss the transplant process for AML patients, optimal timing for this treatment and potential side effects. Watch now to learn more.

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Understanding AML Treatment: What to Expect During a Clinical Trial

What is the clinical trial process like? Watch now to hear Dr. Uma Borate and Amanda Fowler discuss aspects of clinical trials for AML patients.

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Genetic Re-Testing for AML: Can Patients Develop New Driver Mutations?

Should genetic tests be repeated for AML patients? Watch now to hear noted expert Dr. Uma Borate discuss new mutations and recommendations for testing.

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Where Can AML Patients Find Support for Treatment Costs?

What resources can help people cope with cancer-related expenses? Watch as Amanda Fowler shares ways the LLS can provide support to AML families.

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Improving Statistics on AML Patient Quality of Life

How has quality of life changed for AML patients with advances in treatment research? Watch now to hear Dr. Uma Borate share updates about AML survival and health outcomes.

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How Can AML Patients Find Support Groups?

How can AML patients connect with a support group? Watch as Michelle Rajotte discusses different avenues to find the support you’re looking for.

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How Can Patients Manage Daily Stress of Life With AML?

Are there proven strategies to cope with the stress of AML? Tune in to hear noted expert Dr. Thomas LeBlanc gives advice for those struggling with emotional distress.

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AML Patient Advice: Dealing With Emotions From Loved Ones

How can AML patients deal with the emotional response from others? Watch as patient advocate Jim Bond shares ways to work through anxiety, fear and worry together.

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Coping With the Cost of AML Care: Anxiety From Financial Toxicity

How can people deal with financial toxicity from AML care? Watch as Dr. Thomas LeBlanc and Michelle Rajotte discuss financial barriers to AML treatment and resources to help patients find assistance.

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How Can AML Patients Benefit From Support Groups?

Can support groups help patients and loved ones living with AML cope with anxiety, fear and depression? Listen as patient advocate Jim Bond shares tips for managing emotional distress.

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Emotions of Cancer: Resources for AML Patients and Care Partners

What resources can help people cope with the emotional side of AML? Watch as Michelle Rajotte discusses tools that can provide support for patients and care partners dealing with cancer.

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What Emotional Side Effects Do AML Patients Face?

How does an AML diagnosis affect a person’s emotional health? Tune in as Dr. Thomas LeBlanc discusses the emotional impact of AML on patients and some commonly seen emotional responses to diagnosis and treatment.

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“Like Riding a Roller Coaster”: AML Patient on Emotional Impact of 27 Years With Cancer

Meet patient advocate and 27-year survivor Jim Bond. Watch as he shares how he coped with the emotional ups and downs of his myeloma and AML treatment journeys.

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Coping With the Emotional Side Effects of AML

How can patients cope with the complex set of emotions that accompany an AML diagnosis? How does emotional distress influence quality of life? Watch now to learn from AML experts

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AML Patient Insight: Resources to Consider to Help Reach Treatment Goals

How can AML patients establish a good foundation with their health care team and get the most out of doctor visits? Watch now to hear from our expert panel valuable tools for patients to use on their treatment journey.

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Navigating AML Clinical Trials

AML expert Dr. Gwen Nichols discusses why clinical trials may be the best route for patients who are not responding to the standard of care. Watch now to find out more.

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How Can AML Patients Prepare for Treatment?

How can AML patients prepare for treatment? Watch as Dr. Charles Craddock of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the UK gives patient advice.

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Page last updated on June 30, 2019