|I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) on the 18th September
1998. It was discovered because two days earlier, during a check up, an observant local GP
noticed that one cheek was slightly bigger than the other and detected a lump under that
cheek. The next day I had a variety of tests, X-rays, Ultrasounds as well as a CT-scan,
these didn't show up anything conclusive. Then on the 18th I was sent to the
Children's Hospital Westmead, where a blood test showed up some abnormal cells. This was
followed by an immediate bone marrow test, which confirmed that I had AML.
There are two main childhood Leukaemias, the much more common of these is Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), the other is AML. The survival rates for ALL is currently somewhere between 70% and 80%, but unfortunately the statistics for AML are much lower about 50%. On a positive note, these statistics are improving all the time as new treatments are found to be effective.
What is Leukaemia?
Leukaemia is the commonest cancer affecting children. About 600-700 children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer in Australia each year, and about 200 in New South Wales alone. The New Children's Hospital Westmead, the largest in Australia, treats only about 9-10 AML patients each year.
New Children's Hospital
National Cancer Institute's CancerNet™ http://wwwicic.nci.nih.gov
American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org
Ask NOAH About: Cancer http://www.noah.cuny.edu/cancer/cancer.html
Leukemia Society of America http://www.leukemia.org
National Childhood Cancer Foundation http://www.nccf.org
GrannyBarb and Art's Leukemia Links http://www.acor.org/diseases/hematology/Leukemia/leukmain.html
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