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Acute Myeloid Leukemia

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What are the survival rates for acute myeloid leukemia? The five-year survival rate overall is about 24%. Surviving at least five years indicates a good chance of long-term survival. Survival rates may be better now as this statistic reflects outcomes from 1999 to 2006.

AML treatment consists of two parts: induction therapy and consolidation therapy, which are both done in the hospital.

The goal of induction therapy is to achieve remission by:

  • Killing as many AML cells as possible
  • Returning blood counts to normal over time
  • Ridding the body of signs of disease for a long time

Even if remission is achieved, you will likely still need more treatment. Consolidation therapy attacks leukemia cells that common blood or marrow tests can't find. This therapy may include chemotherapy, which may be different drugs than those used earlier, and possibly a bone marrow transplant.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on April 26, 2015
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