Over the course of her 28-year career, Dr. Beverly Bell, medical director of the oncology program at inVentiv Medical Management, has watched children's cancer go from a disease with a 40% to 50% survival rate to one with an 80% to 90% survival rate. She calls acute lymphoblastic leukemia - a type of blood cell cancer and one of the most common types of childhood cancer - the success story of pediatric oncology.
"In the 1950s and 1960s, 4% of children survived with that diagnosis," she says. "In 2010, 80% to 85% of children in all risk categories survived and are cured."
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