Over the next ten years we can look forward to seeing an additional 1m children surviving cancer around the world. This success story will be achieved through the concerted efforts of multiple agencies to support implementation of the World Health Organisation’s global initiative for childhood cancer. This was announced in 2018 and aims to increase survival rates to at least 60% by 2030.
So where are we now? In high-income countries (HICs) much progress has been made through research into treatments and supportive care. In these regions long-term survival rates exceed 80% overall and reach 95% for some types of childhood cancers with the most favourable prognosis.