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Leukaemia cure rate on the rise

Researchers have said almost half of teenagers and young adults with a typically aggressive form of leukaemia are cured thanks to improvements in treatment and care. The cure rate of 48% is six times that of 1975, when it was just 8%.

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Key reasons for leukaemia cure rate improvement

The main reason for the improvements in facing leukaemia is "the development of new treatments, combined with good levels of recruitment to UK clinical trials", according to the research's lead author.

Dr Anjali Shah, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of Oxford, added:

These key issues have been effective in curing more people of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).

But levels of cure of this disease in England remain lower than those observed in other European countries, such as Sweden.

The reasons for these differences are unknown.

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