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What Is The Mortality Rate Of Leukemia?

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What Is The Mortality Rate Of Leukemia?

Postby Cumhaige » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:26 pm

Although medical science has evolved significantly in the last decades, the treatment of leukemia is still a major issue in present. Modern medicine doesn't hold the cure for leukemia and medical treatments available these days provide differentiated results. Survival rates depend on the promptitude of diagnosis, the type of treatment and the patients' responsiveness to specific cancer therapies and treatments. Although leukemia can't always be completely overcome, the progression of the disease can be slowed down and it's malignant effects can be contained with the help of existent cancer treatments. Thus, the life expectancy of patients' with leukemia has known a pronounced decrease in the last decade.

The treatment of leukemia is focused towards achieving a complete remission with minimal side-effects. Complete remission refers to absence of leukemia traces at cellular level. Patients who present no evidence of malignant cellular activity after completing the treatment of leukemia are considered to be completely cured. By contrast, relapse indicates a recurrence of leukemia specific symptoms and physiological signs.

In the case of patients with acute leukemia, a remission that last more then 5 years after the treatment suggest a complete recovery. This 5 year period is considered to be critical for leukemia sufferers, as it can make the difference between relapse and complete recovery.

In the last few decades, the 5 year survival period of patients with leukemia has tripled. While in the 60s the 5 year survival rate was around 15%, nowadays it revolves around 50%.This 5 year survival period is strongly influenced by patients' age and the type of leukemia. Statistics indicate that the 5 year survival rate for patients with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is around 60%, while the 5 year survival rate for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is higher, reaching the value of 70%. By contrast, the prognosis of patients with myelogenous leukemia is less favorable. The same 5 year survival rate for patients diagnosed with myelogenous leukemia (AML) is around 14%, while an estimated 32% of patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) exceed this 5 year survival period.

The 5 year survival rate for children diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia revolves around the value of 80%, with the overall survival rate of children with acute lymphocytic leukemia is less than 45%. This type of leukemia is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in children. Due to the fact that it predominantly affects young patients with ages of 3 to 15, the disease is referred to as childhood leukemia.

In the United States, the mortality rate for children with leukemia has decreased with 60% in the last three decades. In spite of this fact, leukemia is still the leading cause of death among young patients with the ages under 15.

And the Worse is anykind of acute leukemia.
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