Cancer kids’ future rosier
THE survival odds have become very good for Australian children who live at least five years after being diagnosed with cancer.
New Cancer Council research has revealed they are likely to enjoy long- term survival similar to that of children without the disease. The study found the chance of surviving for a further five years increased from 82 per cent at diagnosis to 89 per cent one year after diagnosis.
But that rose to 95 per cent after three years and 97 per cent after five years.
“The research found fiveyear survival rates reached 95 per cent within five years of diagnosis for nearly all types of childhood cancer, regardless of a child’s age or cancer type,” Cancer Council Queensland’s Katie Clift said.
“These survival estimates provide … a more realistic basis to plan for the future.” More effective treatments resulting from research and clinical trials were behind the rates.