International Journal of Hematology

, Volume 98, Issue 1, pp 74–88 | Cite as

Incidence and survival rates of hematological malignancies in Japanese children and adolescents (2006–2010): based on registry data from the Japanese Society of Pediatric Hematology

  • Keizo HoribeEmail author
  • Akiko M. Saito
  • Tetsuya Takimoto
  • Masahiro Tsuchida
  • Atsushi Manabe
  • Midori Shima
  • Akira Ohara
  • Shuki Mizutani
Original Article


Neither accurate incidence nor survival data for pediatric patients with hematological malignancies (HM) have been available in Japan to date. Incidence of patients under 20 years of age, who were diagnosed with HM from 2006 to 2010, and their two-year survival rate (2y-OS) were obtained from disease registry data maintained by the Japan Society of Pediatric Hematology (JSPH). A total of 5,287 cases of HM were identified during this period. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL, 46.6 %) showed the highest incidence, followed by acute myeloid leukemia (AML, 16.7 %), non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL, 11.9 %), and histiocytosis (11.8 %). ALL, AML and histiocytosis were common in younger patients aged 1–4, while NHL tended to occur more frequently in older patients aged 5–14. The 2y-OS of HM was 91.6 %, with that for the most common B-precursor ALL rising to 96.2 %. The 2y-OS for M3 AML, lymphoblastic-B-precursor or diffuse large B cell NHL, Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloproliferative disorders, and Langerhans cell histiocytosis was >95 %. There were no gender differences in prognosis, while infants (88.0 %) and adolescents aged 15–19 (90.6 %) tended toward a poorer prognosis. This is the first report to describe incidence and survival times from the nationwide JSPH disease registry. More precise data with longer follow-up is needed.


Hematological malignancies Children Registry data Survival 



The survey on hematological malignancies incidence in Japan was conducted with contributions from the 187 institutions, described in Appendix 1. The authors thank deeply the members, especially Kaori Nagai, Kazumi Takeuchi, Maki Nishimura, and Midori Otomo of the Data Management Department of the NPO-OSCR, for their support in the management of the electronic or paper-based survey system and in the cleaning and tabulation of the registered data.

Conflict of interest

The authors have no financial relationship to declare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keizo Horibe
    • 1
    Email author
  • Akiko M. Saito
    • 1
  • Tetsuya Takimoto
    • 2
  • Masahiro Tsuchida
    • 3
  • Atsushi Manabe
    • 4
  • Midori Shima
    • 5
  • Akira Ohara
    • 6
  • Shuki Mizutani
    • 7
  1. 1.Clinical Research CenterNational Hospital Organization Nagoya Medical CenterNagoyaJapan
  2. 2.Clinical Research CenterNational Center for Child Health and DevelopmentTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Ibaraki Children’s HospitalIbarakiJapan
  4. 4.Department of PediatricsSt. Luke’s International HospitalTokyoJapan
  5. 5.Department of PediatricsNara Medical UniversityNaraJapan
  6. 6.Toho University Omori Medical CenterTokyoJapan
  7. 7.Department of PediatricsTokyo Medical and Dental UniversityTokyoJapan

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