ABOUT CHILDHOOD LEUKAEMIA
Leukaemia is the most common form of cancer in children, accounting for 30% of childhood cancers in Europe. Despite advances in research, current treatments are still causing real harm to children and although chemotherapy has been amazing, it can often lead to severe short and long-term side effects. Sadly, some leukaemias do not respond to current treatments and the disease returns. For those children who relapse their cancer becomes even harder to treat, and their options rapidly begin to run out. For the most common form of childhood leukaemia – acute lymphoblastic – fewer than six out of ten children who relapse will survive longer than five years.