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AML Care: Good News from SEER database

Change in early death, median survivals

Patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) are living almost 4 times longer than they did in the 1970s, with a 3-fold drop in 1-month mortality rates, according to an analysis of the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database.

Researchers examined 1-month mortality rates and median survival for 9,380 patients ages 65 and younger who were diagnosed with AML and treated with chemotherapy between 1973 and 2010 and found:

1-month mortality

Median survival

1973-1977

18.7%

6 months

2008-2010

5.8%

23 months

Citation: Percival ME, Tao L, Medeiros BC, Clarke CA. Improvements in the early death rate among 9,380 patients with acute myeloid leukemia after initial therapy: A SEER database analysis. Cancer. 2015. doi: 10.1002/cncr.29319.

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