14th November 2012
There will be more than 33,000 long-term survivors of childhood cancer living in the UK by the end of this year, according to new figures.
In the late 1960s, fewer than three in ten children survived cancer for five years or more, but data from Cancer Research UK has revealed that this figure has now risen to eight in ten.
The vast majority of these childhood cancer survivors are now cured of the disease.
However, 1,600 children are diagnosed with cancer annually in the UK, and the charity underlined the importance of better treatments to help more survive.
Professor Josef Vormoor, a Cancer Research UK childhood leukaemia expert in Newcastle, said that while "fantastic" progress has been made for some childhood cancers, there is much more work to do.
"We urgently need better treatments for those children we can’t cure yet, particularly for those with cancers such as neuroblastoma and some types of brain tumours," he said.
"And, for cancers where treatments are successful we need more targeted drugs so that the children we treat can live full lives without any long term side effects."
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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