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How long can a person live with leukemia?

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According to Cancer Research UK, a percentage of individuals with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL, can live for at least five years after the diagnosis. For men, this is an average of 44 out of 100, or 44 percent while the number rises slightly for women, with 52 out of 100, or 52 percent.

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As with other types of cancer, the amount of time a person can live with leukemia varies based on a number of factors, such as type of leukemia, the person's age, overall health and any underlying problems. For example, the University of Rochester Medical Center states that for those with acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, the average five-year survival rate is approximately 25 percent.

There is no cure for leukemia, but treatment can help to prolong an individual's lifespan.

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