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What Are the 5-Year Survival Rates for People with ALL?

These facts about your chances of surviving ALL are from the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.

  • Changes in treatment have dramatically improved the chances of surviving ALL. Between 1975-1977, the 5-year survival rate was 42 percent. Between 1999- 2005, the rate increased to 66 percent. In children, specifically, survival rates have gone up from 58 percent to 89 percent during the same time periods.

  • In 2009, about 1,400 people are expected to die from ALL.

Your chance of recovery depends on these things.

  • The type of ALL

  • The phase of ALL

  • How quickly the leukemia cells are growing

  • Your age and general health

  • How you respond to treatment

These other factors also predict your chances of recovery. Your doctor will also take these factors into account when evaluating your treatment options.

  • In general, younger people with ALL tend to recover better than older people.

  • People who need longer therapy to reach remission tend to have a worse prognosis.

  • Of all the factors associated with a poor chance of recovery from ALL, a translocation between chromosomes 9 and 22, called the Philadelphia chromosome, has the greatest impact, predicting a worse prognosis. Other genetic translocations may predict a poorer outcome as well.