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Survey Facts: At Diagnosis


What was happening at diagnosis? 


SURVEY FACT 10:

Over half the children in My Childhood Cancer: Survey Series were under the age of 5 when they were diagnosed with cancer.

 

 


SURVEY FACT 11:

3 out of 4 children from participating families developed cancer symptoms less than 4 months prior to diagnosis.  Approximately 10% of children were diagnosed at a physician’s visit for something unrelated.

 


SURVEY FACT 12:

47% of the children in My Childhood Cancer: Survey Series saw three or more doctors for the symptoms that led up to the cancer diagnosis, including the diagnosis itself.

 

 


SURVEY FACT 13:

Almost half of children saw an emergency room doctor for symptoms of childhood cancer before or leading to diagnosis

 


SURVEY FACT 14:

One in four children in My Childhood Cancer: Survey Series was admitted to the hospital for symptoms related to, or diagnosis of cancer.


SURVEY FACT 15:

While approximately half of families did not travel far from home for symptoms related to, or diagnosis of cancer (less than 25 miles away), a small but significant proportion (13%) traveled over 100 miles.  Some even traveled 250 miles or more from home.

 

 


SURVEY FACT 16:

Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), brain tumor and neuroblastoma are the most reported childhood cancer diagnoses in My Childhood Cancer: Survey Series.  Of these, ALL impacts the largest number of participating families.

 


SURVEY FACT 17:

Well over half of participants reported that the cancer had not metastasized or spread when their child was diagnosed.


SURVEY FACT 18:

3 out of 4 participating families had other children in the household when their child was diagnosed with cancer.

 

 


SURVEY FACT 19:

The children were most often the youngest child in the family when they were diagnosed with childhood cancer.

 

 


SURVEY FACT 20:

Two thirds of the children in My Childhood Cancer: Survey Series (2nd grade and above) participated in team sports prior to their cancer diagnosis.


SURVEY FACT 21:

Of the top 10 emotions participants recalled experiencing when their child was diagnosed with cancer, FEAR was, by far,  the most common.