Knowledge is power: Why genetic testing is essential for patients with acute myeloid leukemia

(BPT) - Roughly 1.8 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States in 2020, according to the National Cancer Institute.[1] Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)—the most common type of acute leukemia—is an aggressive blood cancer characterized by the rapid growth of cells that accumulate in the bone marrow.[2],[3],[4]

AML can occur at any age but is more common among older patients.[5] Some patients may experience a relapse during their journey or their disease may not improve after previous treatment, which is known as refractory disease.[6]