Childhood cancer is curable more often than not. This claim can be made with confidence. It is not an extrapolation from limited research experience when the claim is made that if all children were treated similarly, the cure rate would be greater than 50%. Rather, the curability of childhood cancer is now reflected in the vital statistics of the United States (Miller and McKay 1984). This excellent result is also seen in Western European countries, but it is not shared worldwide. The treatment of childhood cancers is arduous, prolonged, and expensive. Only a rich nation can afford pediatric cancer care as it is currently delivered in the United States.
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