Can­cer kids’ fu­ture rosier

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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