Leukemia Survival Rate by Age, Type and Warning Signs

The survival rate of leukemia

The prognosis of leukemia depends on the age of the patient, gender, leukocyte count, timely diagnosis, and involvement of other organs. Other relevant factors that influence survival rate include bone damage, usage of tobacco, chromosome mutations, and family history of leukemia.

Acute leukemia needs immediate treatment once the diagnosis is made. Without treatment, the survival rate for acute leukemia patients is 5 weeks, and it can be extended a few extra weeks with medications. However, patients with acute leukemia who get specific therapy can survive and have a lower remission rate. Specific therapy includes treatment of any active infection, bleeding or anemia, supportive treatment, among others.