Leukemia--Chronic Myeloid (Myelogenous) Overview

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Survival rates for chronic myeloid leukemia

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New drugs that seem to work well to treat most cases of CML were first used in 2001. We do not yet know how long patients treated with these drugs may live. We do know that most patients who have been treated with these drugs responded well.

One large study of patients with CML treated with imatinib (Gleevec) found that about 90% of patients were still alive 5 years after starting treatment. Most of these patients had normal white blood cell counts at 5 years.


Last Medical Review: 08/13/2013
Last Revised: 02/10/2014