Researchers are finding better ways to treat leukemia, and the
chances of recovery keep improving. Still, it is natural for
patients and their families to be concerned about the future.
Sometimes people use rates of survival and other statistics to try
to figure out whether a patient will be cured or how long the
patient will live. It is important to remember, however, that
statistics are averages based on large numbers of patients. They
cannot be used to predict what will happen to a certain patient
because no two patients are alike. Treatments and responses vary
The doctor who takes care of the patient is in the best position
to discuss the chance of recovery (prognosis). Patients and their
families should feel free to ask the doctor about the prognosis.
They should keep in mind that not even the doctor knows exactly
what will happen. Doctors often talk about surviving cancer, or
they may use the term remission, rather than cure. Even though many
leukemia patients are cured, doctors use these terms because the
disease can recur.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a