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What is the leukemia survival rate?

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As of October 2014, the overall, five-year survival rates for all types of leukemia include 58.6 percent for chronic myeloid leukemia, 83.1 percent for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, 24.9 percent for acute myeloid leukemia and 68.8 percent for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. These survival rate statistics are from 2003 to 2009 and represent the most recent data available.

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Survival rates are generally better for children and adolescents. Children younger than 15 with acute myeloid leukemia have a five-year survival rate of 64.8 percent. Children younger than 5 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia denote a survival rate of 92.6 percent, and children younger than 15 delineate a survival rate of 91.7 percent, according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Childhood survival rates may depend on different subtypes of cancer. The American Cancer Society explains that children with acute promyelocytic leukemia, a type of acute myeloid leukemia, have a survival rate of more than 80 percent. Five-year survival rates of chronic myeloid leukemia in children are between 60 and 80 percent. Chronic leukemia in children is rare, and statistics may not be helpful to determine a valid survival rate. The overall survival rate of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in adults comes with a caveat. Half of the patients with the condition who have complete remissions show a relapse of the disease later in life. The overall cure rate is closer to 40 percent depending on the subtype of the cancer and the age of the patient.

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