Chemotherapy is the main treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), you might also have a bone marrow or stem cell transplant.

Treatment options

Find out about how your doctor decides which treatment you need and the types of treatment you might have.


Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. You usually have it as part of your treatment for AML.

Targeted cancer drugs

You might have a targeted drug as part of your treatment for AML.

Growth factors

Read about AML growth factors.

Radiotherapy for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)

Find out about what happens when you have radiotherapy for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).

Stem cell or bone marrow transplants for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)

You might either have a stem cell or bone marrow transplant.

Treatment to remove abnormal white blood cells (leukapheresis)

Find out about leukapheresis treatment and how you have it.

Side effects of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) treatment

Read more about the possible side effects from AML treatment.

Follow up

You have follow up appointments to check how you are and whether you have any problems or worries.

Last reviewed: 
06 May 2020
Next review due: 
05 May 2023
Coronavirus and cancer

We know it’s a worrying time for people with cancer, we have information to help.

Read our information about coronavirus and cancer