- Becoming an Advocate
- National Advocacy Issues
- Causes of Childhood Cancers
- Impact on Families
- Support for Families
- Research Directions
Treating childhood cancer is one of modern medicine’s greatest success stories. The cure rate for childhood cancer has jumped from a meager 10% in 1970 to today’s overall survival rate of almost 70%. This has led to a new generation of young adults: a generation of childhood cancer survivors.
Despite this “good news,” a diagnosis of childhood cancer is devastating for the family. Childhood cancer is treated aggressively, often with a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, at a time of life when bodies are growing and developing. Treatment can have a significant long-term impact on children’s physical and psychological health. Additionally, parents of children with cancer are often young, have limited incomes, and they may have other children. One parent often needs to give up a job to take care of child being treated for cancer.
Treatments can last from one year to several years depending on diagnosis. The long-term emotional and economic impact on the family is huge.