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Child Treatment PDQ Cancer Information Summaries (NCI) Editor's Pick

Find Cancer information for child treatment from the NCI, (National Cancer Institute) PDQ (Physician Data Query) system. Pediatric Cancer Treatment Summaries are available as an alphabetical list at this website. Extensive list of different cancer topics in children – both common and unusual

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 $81,000 in 2022 dollars) and $39,600 (about $58,000 in 2022 dollars), respectively. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cost $46,900 on average. Kids hospitalized for maintenance chemotherapy or radiotherapy experienced $35,300 cost. Add about 45% medical inflation between 2009 and 2022. In addition, new chemotherapy drugs may be more expensive. Average age for admission was 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.

Other Helpful Listings Best Hospitals 2023-24: Pediatric and Children’s Hospitals

US News & World Report’s top pediatric hospitals for 2023-2024. Best children’s hospitals ranked and rated for pediatric cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology (digestive disorders) & GI surgery; neonatology; nephrology (kidney); neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology (respiratory problems) and lung surgery; and urology. Honor roll of 10 hospitals is led by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Medical Center, (second), and Texas Children’s in Houston (third). Regional pediatric ratings also available. (For example, best children’s hospital in the Mid-Atlantic region was Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.) Ratings called Best Children’s Hospitals updated June 2023. Detailed hospital scores and ranking for individual measures such as survival, are in the Methodology report. Consumers can compare children’s hospital scores side-by-side in Appendix C.

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