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how long after being in remission with leukemia are you be considered cancer free?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
33 years experience Medical Oncology
Difficult question: Part of this depends on the type of leukemia: acute or chronic. The standard thought is 5 years for acute leukemia. However, the risk of relapse is significantly high in the first 2 years, so every year after this reduces the risk of recurrence significantly if you are followed closely by your oncologist.
Answered on Mar 30, 2016
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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
5 years: I assume by cancer free you mean cured. For acute leukemias we consider a cure 5 years.
Answered on Feb 6, 2012

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