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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
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Stephen Noga
Dr. Stephen Noga
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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: 5 years

I assume by cancer free you mean cured.
For acute leukemias we consider a cure 5 years.

In brief: 5 years

I assume by cancer free you mean cured.
For acute leukemias we consider a cure 5 years.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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