Pediatric Cancer Facts
What you need to know about pediatric cancers. The research is extremely underfunded. Only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s research budget is dedicated to pediatric cancers, 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 children 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.
- Only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s research budget is dedicated to pediatric cancers, which is why donations are critical to making progress possible.
- Pediatric cancers are classified as a rare form of cancer.
- Because of advances in pediatric cancer research, more than 80% of childhood cancer patients in the United States now become long-term survivors.
Facts about MSK Kids:
- Treats more kids 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 kids battling cancer than ever before.
- Sends 90% of the kids 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.