What is the prognosis for people with leukemia?

The rate of leukemia has not changed much since the 1950s, but more people are surviving longer. ALL (childhood leukemia), for example, represents one of the most dramatic success stories in cancer treatment. Almost 90% of children diagnosed with the disease are cured. Adult patients treated for ALL have an 80% to 90% chance of attaining remission; about 40% of those who do so survive at least another 5 years, with a chance of a full cure. Patients treated for AML have a 60% to 70% chance of remission; about 30% of those survive at least 3 years, with a possibility of a full cure.

Adult patients treated for ALL have an 80% to 90% chance of attaining remission; about 40% of those who do so survive at least another 5 years, with a chance of a full cure. Patients treated for AML have a 60% to 70% chance of remission; about 20% of those survive at least 3 years, with a possibility of a full cure.

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