Brain Cancer is now the leading cause of childhood cancer deaths, overtaking Leukemia, according to the new report released Sept.16 from the National Center for Health Statistics.
Lead author and NCHS demographer and statistician, Sally Curtin, said in an email interview with Live Science
, “The shift from leukemia to brain cancer
as the leading site of cancer death is a noteworthy development in the history of childhood cancer as it was always leukemia until quite recently.”
In 2014, there were 1,785 cancer deaths in children and adolescents and leukemia and brain cancer were accounted for more than half of these deaths.
The study also found that I over 15 years, the cancer death rate for children and adolescents have dropped 20 percent.
Dr. Peter Manley, a pediatric neuro-oncologist at the Dana-Farber
/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, commented, “The leukemia specialists have done a really great job of stratifying these patients to give them appropriate therapy based on whether they feel their tumors are more aggressive or not.”
However, according to Dr. Manley, the survival rates among children with brain tumors have not changed much.
Additionally, the survival rates for those related to certain subtypes to brain tumors such as low-grade gliomas are progressing nicely and current research is said to be promising.