What can be done to prevent the disease?
In most cases, nothing can be done to prevent leukemia. Exposure to chemotherapy and radiation should be limited, when possible. Chemicals, such as benzene and toluene, should also be avoided. Someone who smokes should quit smoking.
What are the long-term effects of the disease?
Acute leukemia of any type can quickly lead to death if it is not treated. Chronic leukemia will eventually cause death if it is not treated. However, the course of chronic leukemia may be many months or years. If the treatment is effective, the person may recover and live a normal life.
What are the risks to others?
There are no risks to others. No one can acquire leukemia from contact with a person who has the disease.