At the Children’s Cancer Caring Center, we are here to help. We understand the multi-faceted impact that childhood cancer has on a family, and the staggering costs that come along with it. Through our medical treatments, non-medical ancillary programs, special events, resources, and after-treatment support, we provide complete and total care for children stricken with cancer and their family members – all at absolutely no cost.
In the U.S., approximately 43 children per day, or 15,780 children per year, are expected to be diagnosed with cancer (10,450 children ages 0 to 14, and 5,330 children ages 15 to 19).
Every two minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer. That’s 300,000 kids around the world every year.
Leukemia, brain and spinal cord tumors, neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor, lymphoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, retinoblastoma, and bone cancer.
The average cost of treating a case of childhood cancer now stands upwards of $500,000, with parents paying an average out-of-pocket bill of $35,000.
Every patient at diagnosis and for induction treatment requires hospitalization. Some patients require multiple hospitalizations.
Having seen over 55 different types of cancer in the past 52 years, “low” risk patients have required 12-30 months of treatments; for “high” risk patients it could run anywhere from 24 months to a lifetime. Long term treatment related problems, as well as relapses, are a risk for all patients. If this should occur, lifetime care and follow-up is required. The Children’s Cancer Caring Center, at times, will provide this extended follow-up as our Medical Director knows the patient’s background and has treated the patient in the past.
Overall cure rates for childhood cancer have improved from 20% to 80% in the last 50 years.
Over the past 8 years, 28 patients have come to our center, some in mid-treatment, after the families have exhausted all financial resources and could no longer pay the hospital and doctors they were turned away from. The Children’s Cancer Caring Center has never turned away a patient.
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(3) Cancer and Facts, 2014 American Cancer Society
(5) Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Statistical Brief #132, 2009
(6) Institute of Medicine, 2008 – Cancer Care for the Whole Patient
(7) Institute of Medicine 2015 – Comprehensive Care for Children with Cancer and Their Families
(8) Alderfer et al., 2010 (Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 19 (8)), Alderfer et al., 2003 (Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 28 (4))
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(10) Alam et al. 2012 (Death Studies, 36 (1))