What is the Survival Rate for Leukemia?
When discussing cancer survival statistics, the term 5-year survival rate is often used. This refers to the percentage of patients that live at least 5 years after their cancer is diagnosed. With acute leukemia, patients that are free of the disease after 5 years are very likely to have been cured as the chances of cancer returning after that length of time are very low.
Survival rates are based on previous reports from large populations of patients who have had the disease, but cannot predict what happens in any individual case. In recent years, survival rates have been rising, although it is hard to pinpoint for rarer forms of the disease.
Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) – more than 85%
Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) – 60%-70%
Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) – 50%
For chronic leukemias, 5-year survival rates are less helpful as It’s likely the patient can live for a very long time without the disease being cured. In the past, 5-year survival rates for chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) were reported to be in the range of 60% to 80%.