The overall five-year relative survival rate for leukemia has more than quadrupled since 1960.
From 1960 to 1963, the five-year relative survival rate for patients with leukemia was 14 percent. From 1975 to 1977, the five-year relative survival rate for the total population with leukemia was 34.1 percent, and from 2005 to 2011, the overall relative survival rate was 61.7 percent.
Research funded by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has been a major player in this effort. What was once practically a death sentence is now a promising fight with the odds in your favor.
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