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There have been huge improvements in cancer treatment for children in the past 50 years.
About 75 in 100 (75%) 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. Every child is different and the doctors will discuss your child’s illness and the likely success of treatment with you.
Content last reviewed: 27 April 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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