When I first read up on this disease the Internet said to expect to live 4 years on average. I was shocked. In 2011, I noticed that the average survival age is 6 years. In 10 years 80% have died from first diagnosis. My oncologist told me that he expects to keep me alive so I die from some other problem. Because WM can bring on many other serious medical problems, he just might be too literal in his pronouncement.