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Dr. Susan Rhoads
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How long can you live with leukemia without treatment?

Dr. Susan Rhoads
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How long can you live with leukemia without treatment?

Depends.: There are several types of leukemia, some are much more aggressive than others. Treatment for many types is great these days, so why not try treatment? If you know more about the kind you have, and your concerns, we can give a more specific answer. ...Read more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

Leukemia is a cancer of the infection fighting white blood cells. There are several different types, some more common in children, others more common in adults. Symptoms include fever, chills, night sweats, and unintentional weight loss. Because the cancerous white blood cells are abnormal, patients with leukemia may have more infections. The proliferation of the white blood cells may also crowd out other normal red blood cells and platelets, leading to possible ...Read more


Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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How long can you live if you have leukemia?

Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
40 years in practice
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How long can you live if you have leukemia?

That depends.: There are many different kinds of leukemia. Some are curable, some can be controlled so well the patient has a normal lifespan, others are slow growing with survival over a decade. The acute leukemias are the dangerous ones, with rapid onset, high risk of death if not successfully controlled with chemotherapy and/or stem cell transplant. Even then, some of these patients can be cured. ...Read more

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Dr. Dragos Luca
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For how long do kids diagnosed with jmml leukemia typically live?

Dr. Dragos Luca
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For how long do kids diagnosed with jmml leukemia typically live?

It depends...: Hematopoietic stem cell transplant (hsct) appears to be the most effective treatment for jmml and can cure about half the patients. If left untreated, jmml is rapidly fatal with a median survival time of approximately 1 year the absence of hsct. Low platelet count, age above 2 years at diagnosis, and high Hemoglobin F are negative prognostic factors. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Dugan
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How long can a person live with leukemia?

Dr. Michael Dugan
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How long can a person live with leukemia?

The chronic : Leukemias can have a very long survival, and in the case of lymphoid type can go that long without treatment in some cases. The acute leukmias are immediately life threatening. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Dugan
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How long would one live if diagnosed to have acute leukemia?

Dr. Michael Dugan
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How long would one live if diagnosed to have acute leukemia?

Untreated: The median is 3-4 months. Many successful and even curative therapies in most circumstances. ...Read more

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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How long can someone in there early 40s with chronic lymphocytic leukemia live? Another 20 years?

Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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How long can someone in there early 40s with chronic lymphocytic leukemia live?  Another 20 years?

Possible, but varies: The prognosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll) depends on factors such as the genetics of the cll and the stage among other things. With good prognostic signs some patients with cll can have an average survival of at least 10 years and many will live for 20 or more years. On the other hand the disease can be more aggressive with adverse indicators. ...Read more

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Dr. Dragos Luca
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How long can someone in their early 40s with early chronic lymphocytic leukemia live?

Dr. Dragos Luca
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How long can someone in their early 40s with early chronic lymphocytic leukemia live?

See below...: Cll is usually not an aggressive form of leukemia and has a relatively good prognosis overall. Survival depends on stage and some other factors but for a mid-age patient with no additional risk factors survival is usually very long (decades). ...Read more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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How long will a person live after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

Dr. Liawaty Ho
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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How long will a person live after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

D/W yourHematologist: It depends on the biology /prgnostic factors of the cll. In majority cases, cll is an indolent disease/slowly progressing disease and patients will live for many years with the disease. However there are certain biology of cll that are behaving more agressively and requiring teatment usually earlier. Discuss in detail with your hematologist/oncologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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How long can a person live with acute myeloid leukemia when it is left untreated?

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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How long can a person live with acute myeloid leukemia when it is left untreated?

Varies: Though this varies widely, the median survival is in the range of 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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How do I deal with the fact that my mother has leukemia and doesn't have long left to live?

Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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There may be solutio: Your doctor or your mothers treating doctor can help inform you about the exact diagnosis and the anticipated prognosis. Since there are 4 types of leukemias, each with a variable prognosis, you need to find out the type of leukemia she has. This will then lead you to find out if she is receiving good treatment which can often give many years of survival depending on her response to treatment. ...Read more

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