No, not always. I was diagnosed aml at the same age. I went through chemo treatment and remained in remission for about one year after I finsihed treatment.
I relapsed on year ago, almost to the date. I went through chemo and transplant. So far so good.
I know one person who went through transplant 13 years ago, and is still in remission and healthy.
There are countless other stories of survival. Your cousin may eventually need transplant, but at that age, prognosis is MUCH better than even 10 years ago.
www.leukemia-lymphoma.org and www.marrow.org can be of help. You or or cousin can also email me if you wish to have someone to talk to who's been there in support.
I want to add that the biggest fatal factor with leukemia isnt really the cacner. Most people actually die from treatment. Leukemia patients are HIGHLY susceptable to infections of all kinds due to low white blood count, and massive internal bleeding particularly in the brain or behind the eyes.
Although, the cancer will kill the person if they cant be put in remission, and it will happen fast. If this is the first diagnosis, there probably isnt much issue there.
Other causes of death in patients that either arent treated, ot not responding will include suffocation, bleeding, and infection. (The suffocation comes with the severe anemia. With the hemoglobin that low, nothing in your body gets oxygen. You cant live without oxygen.
Again, prognosis is pretty good for this age though
· 1 decade ago