The prognosis depends on the type of leukemia, the extent of the disease, age of the patient, and the general condition of the patient. Some patients can go into complete remission. The average five-year survival rate of leukemia is 60-65%. Read more: Survival Rate for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Article
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What Is the Life Expectancy of a Person With Leukemia?
Leukemia is a group of cancers of the blood affecting the white blood cells. White blood cells are the infection-fighting cells of the body. In adults, leukemia is most common in people older than 55 years, with the average age of diagnosis being 66 years. It is also one of the most common cancers in children and adults younger than 20 years. The survival rate is higher for younger people.
Leukemia is a type of cancer of the blood cells in which the growth and development of the blood cells are abnormal. Strictly speaking, leukemia should refer only to cancer of the white blood cells (the leukocytes) but in practice, it can apply to malignancy of any cellular element in the blood or bone marrow, as in red cell leukemia (erythroleukemia).
How Does Leukemia Kill?
Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells of the bone marrow. Patients with leukemia have an over-production of a particular blood cell type in the body, the white blood cells (cells that fight infection, and provide immunity).
Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most common type of cancer in children. Symptoms and signs include fever, easy bruising, bone or joint pain, weakness, loss of appetite, and painless lumps in the neck, underarm, stomach, or groin. Treatment depends upon staging and may include chemotherapy, radiation, or stem cell transplant.
Leukemia: Signs, Symptoms, And Complications
Leukemia results when the genetic material (DNA) of a single cell in the bone marrow transforms, this is called a mutation. A mutated cell does not perform body function, but it eats away the nutrition meant for the normal cells.
Treatment & Diagnosis
Medications & Supplements
- pau d’arco
- Inqovi (decitabine and cedazuridine)
- Asparlas (calaspargase pegol - mknl)
- Tabloid (thioguanine)
- Treanda (bendamustine hydrochloride) Injection
- Belrapzo (bendamustine hydrochloride) Injection
- Venclexta (venetoclax)
- Bosulif (bosutinib)
- Bendeka (bendamustine hydrochloride)
- Busulfex (busulfan)
- Leukeran (chlorambucil)
- Purinethol (mercaptopurine)
- Valchlor (mechlorethamine)
- Blincyto (blinatumomab)
- Arzerra (ofatumumab)
- Matulane (procarbazine hydrochloride)
- Idamycin PFS Injection (idarubicin hydrochloride)
- Synribo (omacetaxine mepesuccinate)
- Idhifa (enasidenib)
- Iclusig (ponatinib)
- Copiktra (duvelisib)
- Zydelig (idelalisib)