5-year survival rates for neuroblastoma based on risk groups
Survival rates are a way to get a general idea of the outlook for children with a certain type and stage of cancer. Some parents may want to know the statistics for children in similar situations, but others may not find the numbers helpful, or may even not want to know them. If you decide you do not want to know them, stop reading here and skip to the next section.
The 5-year survival rate refers to the percentage of patients who live at least 5 years after their cancer is diagnosed. Of course, many children live much longer than 5 years (and many are cured).
In order to get 5-year survival rates, doctors have to look at people who were treated at least 5 years ago. Improvements in treatment since then may result in a more favorable outlook for patients now being diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
Survival rates are often based on previous outcomes of large numbers of people who had the disease, but they cannot predict what will happen in any particular person’s case. The risk group of a child’s cancer is important in estimating their outlook. But many other factors may also affect a child’s outlook, such as their age, the location of the tumor, and how well the cancer responds to treatment.
Survival by Children’s Oncology Group (COG) risk group
Low-risk group: Children in the low-risk group have a 5-year survival rate of around 95%.
Intermediate-risk group: In children in the intermediate-risk group, the 5-year survival rate is around 80% to 90%.
High-risk group: The 5-year survival rate in children in the high-risk group is around 30% to 50%.
Last Medical Review: 10/29/2012
Last Revised: 01/17/2013