The relative five-year survival rate has more than tripled in the past 47 years for patients with leukemia. In 1960-63, when compared to a person without leukemia, a patient had a 14 percent chance of living five years. By 1975-77, the five year relative survival rate had jumped to 35 percent, and in 1996-2003 the overall relative survival rate was nearly 50 percent. The relative survival rates differ by the age of the patient at diagnosis, gender, race and type of leukemia.
During 1996- 2003 relative survival rates overall were:
* Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL): 65.3 percent overall; 90.4 percent for children under 5
* Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL): 74.8 percent
* Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML): 20.7 percent overall; 54.1 percent for children under 15
* Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML): 44.4 percent
At the present time there are approximately 218,659 people living with leukemia in the United States.