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Pediatric Cancer – Hospital Stay Cost and Survival Rates

Find average cost of a hospital stay and survival rates for pediatric cancer. Scroll to Statistical Brief #132. Top 10 most common pediatric cancers requiring hospitalization in 2009 showed leukemia and brain cancer at the top, with an estimated average cost per stay of $55,700 (about $77,700 in 2021 dollars) and $39,600 (about $55,200 in 2021 dollars), respectively. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cost $46,900 on average (about $65,400 with medical inflation to 2021). Kids hospitalized for maintenance chemotherapy or radiotherapy experienced $35,300 cost (about $49,000 with medical inflation). Average age for admission is 8 years old; 3 percent died in the hospital (table 1) compared to 3.9% in 2000. Survival rates for cancer have been improving. Released by AHRQ, May 2012.


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