How does the rapidity of achieving complete remission (CR) affect the prognosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Karen Seiter, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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The rapidity with which a patient's disease enters CR correlates with treatment outcome. Several studies have shown that patients whose disease is in CR within 4 weeks of therapy have longer disease-free survival and overall survival than those whose disease enters remission after 4 weeks of treatment.


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