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June 27, 2007

Childhood Cancer Survivors, Late Effects, and a New Model for Understanding Survivorship

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (Dr Oeffinger); Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control, St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn (Dr Robison).

JAMA. 2007;297(24):2762-2764. doi:10.1001/jama.297.24.2762

In 1950, at a time when cancer remission was measured in days, Farber stated that “The use of chemotherapeutic agents now available . . . should do much to reduce the number of instances of ‘incurable cancer’ in infants and children.”1 Today, in 2007, approximately 80% of children with cancer are cured.2

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