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What is the difference between acute and chronic leukemia ?

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Dr. Christian Schultheis
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Curability

Acute leukemias typically need treatment right away and can possibly be cured.
Chronic leukemias are not usually curable because they are typically slower growing. I tell patients chronic leukemias are treatable not curable. Hope this helps.

In brief: Curability

Acute leukemias typically need treatment right away and can possibly be cured.
Chronic leukemias are not usually curable because they are typically slower growing. I tell patients chronic leukemias are treatable not curable. Hope this helps.
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Dr. Amy Deeken
Pathology

In brief: Complicated question

There are many different subtypes of leukemia, but the basic difference is that acute leukemia is a proliferation of immature cells (blasts).
Chronic leukemia is a proliferation of mature cells. Chronic leukemia usually has a longer survival, while acute leukemia can become immediately life threatening.

In brief: Complicated question

There are many different subtypes of leukemia, but the basic difference is that acute leukemia is a proliferation of immature cells (blasts).
Chronic leukemia is a proliferation of mature cells. Chronic leukemia usually has a longer survival, while acute leukemia can become immediately life threatening.
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