Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Adult

Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Adult

Treatment Options for Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia

In This Section
  • Untreated Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia in Remission
  • Recurrent Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia

For information about the treatments listed below, see the Treatment Option Overview section.

Untreated Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Standard treatment of untreated adult acute myeloid leukemia (AML) during the remission induction phase depends on the subtype of AML and may include the following:

  • Combination chemotherapy.
  • High-dose combination chemotherapy.
  • Low-dose chemotherapy.
  • Intrathecal chemotherapy.
  • All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) plus arsenic trioxide for the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL).
  • ATRA plus combination chemotherapy followed by arsenic trioxide for the treatment of APL.

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Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia in Remission

Treatment of adult AML during the remission phase depends on the subtype of AML and may include the following:

  • Combination chemotherapy.
  • High-dose chemotherapy, with or without radiation therapy, and stem cell transplant using the patient's stem cells.
  • High-dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplant using donor stem cells.
  • A clinical trial of arsenic trioxide.

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Recurrent Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia

There is no standard treatment for recurrent adult AML. Treatment depends on the subtype of AML and may include the following:

  • Combination chemotherapy.
  • Targeted therapy with monoclonal antibodies.
  • Stem cell transplant using the patient's stem cells or donor stem cells.
  • Arsenic trioxide therapy.
  • A clinical trial of arsenic trioxide therapy followed by stem cell transplant.

Use our clinical trial search to find NCI-supported cancer clinical trials that are accepting patients. You can search for trials based on the type of cancer, the age of the patient, and where the trials are being done. General information about clinical trials is also available.

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