Because of better treatment methods, outcomes for childhood cancer patients have improved in recent years.  About 2,500 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S.   Childhood cancer was once thought to be untreatable, but today most children who have cancer can overcome it.

Dr. Daniel Niebrugge, assistant professor of pediatric hematology/oncology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, explains the most common childhood cancers.

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Dr. Niebrugge, who also is one of the cancer specialists at SIU’s Simmons Cancer Institute, says the most common age group of children who are diagnosed with leukemia are preschool and elementary school ages.

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