My loved one is living with AML

After your loved one has had their treatment for AML, contact with the doctors and nurses will start to reduce. This is a normal process and shows that your loved one is doing well.

Despite this decrease in contact with the medical team being totally normal, it may leave you with an increased sense of worry. For example, you may feel that it is now your responsibility to ensure that your loved one stays well.

Please know that this is not the case. Of course, you have a vital role to play, but your loved one is still under the care of their doctor. They would have regular check-ups, and you could still contact the clinic during office hours for enquiry. If your loved one has any symptoms that concern you, do not wait for their next appointment, contact the hospital or go to the emergency immediately.

It's essential to take care of yourself

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Even though you are not the patient, this can be a very overwhelming time. But you do not have to go through this alone. There is a huge amount of help for those supporting friends and family with acute leukaemia. Ask your loved one’s doctor and nurses for available support services that would be beneficial for your caregiving journey.1

As much as your loved one needs to get back into a routine at home, it is equally important for you. Neglecting your own wellbeing would not be helpful for both of you in the long run. So here are some tips on how you can care for yourself at this difficult time:

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Focusing on the ‘here and now’ is an effective way to calm the mind and increase overall wellbeing.2


A healthy balanced diet can improve mood, and even protect against depression.3


Incorporating activity into your daily routine can aid with sleep and improve overall mood. Recognize signs of caregiver burnout and get respite when needed.1


It takes a village to care for a patient with AML. Do not hesitate to ask for additional support from family and friends. Setting up a schedule to take turns for caregiving duties can be helpful too.

You may also want to unburden yourself of some thoughts and feelings that are weighing on you. Speak with someone you trust, especially when you feel overwhelmed.4-7

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I’m living with AML

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Life with AML

Living with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, or AML, can often be an adjustment.


1. Cancer Research UK. Support at home for you and your family. [Last accessed Dec 2023]

2. Brewer JA, Worhunsky PD, Gray JR, et al. Meditation experience is associated with differences in default mode network activity and connectivity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2011; 108: 20254-20259.

3. Macmillan Cancer Support. After Cancer Treatment: A guide for professionals. [Last accessed Dec 2023]

4. Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), Singapore. We See You Care. Available at Accessed on August 2023.

5. Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), Singapore. Caregiver Tips. Available at Accessed on Aug 2023.

6. Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), Singapore. Care Services. Available at Accessed on Aug 2023.

7. Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), Singapore. Care Services. Available at Accessed on Aug 2023.

Terminology Explained

Learn and understand the different terminology associated with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, or AML, in our Terminology Explained guide.

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