After a cancer or blood disorder diagnosis, it is one question that's bound to race to the front your mind: Am I going to die? Or is my child going to die? Fear of death, normal even for those who do not have cancer or a blood disorder, is a natural reaction to diseases associated with mortality. Most pediatric cancers and blood disorders, however, are treatable, and the outlook for many patients is positive.
In fact, although the incidence of invasive cancer in children has increased slightly over the past 30 years, mortality has declined dramatically for many childhood cancers, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
Just as there are many different forms of cancers, there also are many different outcomes depending on the kind of cancer and stage. Some cancers, if caught early, are simple to treat. Other cancers, while more difficult to treat, can still be managed.
In many situations, normal life can resume after treatment.
Contributing sources: American Cancer Society, Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center.