Pediatric Cancer Facts
Pediatric cancer research is extremely underfunded. Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s research budget is dedicated to cancers that affect young people, which is why donations are critical to making progress possible.
Kids Walk for MSK Kids participants and donors of all ages are making a difference by raising money for life-changing pediatric cancer research. Every dollar raised gives the doctors and researchers at MSK Kids what they need to discover new and better treatment options for young people around the world.
Facts about Pediatric Cancers:
- Kids' cancers are the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States.
- Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s research budget is dedicated to pediatric cancers.
- Pediatric cancers are classified as a rare form of cancer. That’s why there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to cancer treatment.
- 80% of childhood cancer patients in the United States now become long-term survivors because of breakthrough clinical trials and advances in treatments—many of them made at MSK Kids.
Facts about MSK Kids:
- Treats more children, teens, and young adults with cancer than any other hospital in the United States.
- Has the largest pediatric oncology program in the United States.
- Is home to a new Pediatric Precision Medicine Program—an initiative that promises to deliver targeted therapies to more young people battling cancer than ever before.
- Sends 90% of the pediatric cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and other treatments home at the end of the day, so they can spend more time with their families.
- Employs full-time schoolteachers, so kids with pediatric cancers stay on track in school.
- Offers a wide range of activities, including cooking and drama workshops, so that kids of all ages can continue being kids. Helps families manage treatment through integrative medicine and complementary services, including mindfulness techniques, yoga, music, movement, massage therapies, and more.
- Continues to support patients and their families after treatment through the long-term follow-up program, where doctors work closely with patients and their primary care physicians to help them maintain full, healthy lives.