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There can be no crueler form of cancer than that which strikes children. Carefree days that should be spent in the playground are instead in the hospital. Tests, doctors' visits, and needles have become far too ordinary in these children's lives. For them, our pediatric oncology clinicians and researchers work their hardest because they know when they cure a child, they not only save a life but a future of dreams, possibilities and accomplishments.
While pediatric cancers are rare, they take the lives of more children than any other disease. But, there is good news. Through research like that being done at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, death rates have declined since 1970. Innovative therapies have resulted in cures in the sickest patients. There is much to be hopeful about.