Winning the Battle Against Leukemia
The goal of treating leukemia is to put the disease into complete remission—with no trace of leukemia in your body and a return to good health. If you have leukemia, where you choose to go for initial treatment has a significant impact on the likelihood of survival.
Statistics Are Abstract; Lives Aren’t
Leukemia patients at SCCA have access to advanced therapies and treatments being explored in one or more of the 50 ongoing leukemia research studies conducted at two of SCCA’s founding organizations, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine. For leukemia patients who require a bone marrow transplant, the Fred Hutchinson Transplant Program at SCCA is the most experienced transplant center in the world. As you can see below, patients treated for leukemia at SCCA have high five-year survival rates.
Leukemia Survival Rates
The chart below shows the five-year survival rates for leukemia patients treated by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance compared to patients who were treated for leukemia elsewhere. This information was collected by the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) for patients diagnosed between 2003 and 2005 and followed for five years.
- SCCA patients are represented by the green line. Their five-year survival rate was 52 percent from the time they were first diagnosed by SCCA. Note that only patients who received all of their care from SCCA are included.
- Patients from the other types of treatment centers—Community Cancer Centers, Comprehensive Community Cancer Centers, and Academic/Research Hospitals—are represented by the yellow line. Their combined five-year survival rate was 39 percent.
The NCDB tracks the outcomes of 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer in the United States from more than 1,500 commission-accredited cancer programs. It has been collecting data from hospital cancer registries since 1989 and now has almost 29 million records.