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What is the life expectancy of a person with Acute Myeloid Leukemia?

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What is the life expectancy of a person with Acute Myeloid Leukemia?

Postby eliott » Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:01 pm

So I know a little boy who has this. He is 14, and he has had it since he was 3. He had been fighting for a long time, and they (the doctors) give him 2 months left to live they have tried all other medications they could. And his parents can't find anything else for him neither. I also know another person with this, and so it brings me to ask this question. What is the life expectancy in kids under the age of 16?
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What is the life expectancy of a person with Acute Myeloid Leukemia?

Postby amikam » Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:02 pm

In individual case it is difficult to state actual survival,cause it depends on many patient specific factors.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia can be controlled and sometimes cured. Its prognosis depends on a variety of factors that is patient-specific.Please read following and talk to his DOC.----

AML can be kept in remission for a long period of time or even cured in some adults. Depending on certain factors such as, the characteristics of the leukemia cells. Some patients have a better prognosis in comparison to others.

Adults below 65 years 5-year survival rate - about 33%

Adults above 65 years - 4% only

Many people who live much longer than the average 5 years

The prognosis of a patient depends on the following factors:

Patient’s age and race - Younger patients and Caucasians have a good prognosis, while patients older than 60 years and patients of African- American descent have a poor prognosis

Subtype of AML - M3 has good prognosis while the M7 type has poor prognosis

Patient’s response to therapy

AML that follows myelodysplastic syndrome or myeloproliferative diseases has a poor prognosis

Elevated lactate dehydrogenase levels has a poor prognosis

Cytogenetics plays an important role in predicting the progress of an AML patient as represented in the table below -
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