Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL)
Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is a kind of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), which is a type of blood cancer. APL is a leukemia that can cause a life-threatening bleeding problem called disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC).
APL is a problem with how blood cells grow at a certain point of development (the promyelocyte stage). They grow in odd shapes. And they cannot do what normal blood cells do.
People with APL need a special mix of cancer treatments that fight the cancer cell growth and control the risk of life-threatening bleeding.
This type of acute leukemia tends to have a better outcome than other types of AML.
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