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survival of elderly with acute lymphoblastic leukemia

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Dear Dr.,
Could you give me the median survival of elderly,over 65,with acute lymphoblastic leukemia today and what it was two decades ago?Are we making any progress in this age group?

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replied January 8th, 2012
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Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Prognosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in elderly is poor as compared to children due to chromosomal abnormalities. About two decades ago the five year survival prognosis was almost zero, but has improved to 25 percent and more in recent years. The chances increase to about 70 percent in some cases. However, please discuss with your specialist. Hope this helps. Take care!

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