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Survival rates

More children than ever before are surviving cancer. There have been huge improvements in cancer treatment for children in the past 50 years.

Over 8 in 10 (82%) of children with cancer are now cured, compared with fewer than 3 in 10 (less than 30%) between 1962–1971. Research is continuing to improve treatments and reduce side effects.

To compare the results of treatments, doctors often use five- or 10-year survival rates. It is estimated that there are at least 35,000 people in the UK alive having been diagnosed with a childhood cancer and survived more than five years.

Every child is different and the doctors will discuss your child’s illness and the likely success of treatment with you.

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