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median survival in acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

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Could you please give me the median survival in early 80's of elderly,over 65 acute lymphoblastic leukemia?I have not been succesful in finding statistics on internet,I WONDER WHAT YOU FEEL IT IS TODAY IN THIS GROUP OF PATIENTS.ARE WE MAKING ANY PROGRESS ?THANKS IN ADVANCE.

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replied September 15th, 2011
Leukemia Answer A26877

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. The survival rate in ALL has improved from zero four decades ago, to 20-75 percent.

In older patients, cases are more likely to result from chromosomal abnormalities (e.g. the Philadelphia chromosome) that make treatment more difficult and prognoses poorer. Only 20-40% of adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are cured with current treatment regimens. However in patients older than 65 years, prognosis is poor and they are high patients.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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