Medical Q&As

Leukaemia - prognosis?

How successful are chemotherapy treatments for leukaemia? Is there a high survival rate among adolescents?

There are different forms of leukaemia. The treatment and prognosis can vary between the different types. However, in general terms the outlook is very hopeful for adolescents and in some forms of leukaemia we are now beginning to think in terms of cure. The situation has improved quite dramatically in the past 10 years and contrasts starkly with the bleak picture that existed in the late seventies when I began my medical career. A diagnosis of leukaemia is serious and the treatment can be difficult but any person facing that challenge can do so with reasonable optimism.