Pediatric Cancer: An Overview

This information is useful for children
A girl, who could be a pediatric cancer survivor, is sitting on a the edge of a park fountain with an apple in her hand.

Pediatric cancer is always frightening to think about, but the good news is that many childhood cancers are highly treatable now. More than 80 percent of kids who get cancer today survive five years or longer. 

Patients with pediatric cancers are usually treated at specialized children’s cancer centers such as the one at Yale Medicine. Here pediatricians, surgeons, oncologists, and radiation oncologists work as a team to ensure the best possible treatment for each child.

"A child's parents or caregivers are always involved with every stage of diagnosis and treatment," says Kenneth Roberts, MD, PhD, director of the Pediatric Radiotherapy Program at Yale Medicine.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.