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Great news concerning childhood cancer

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Great news for children diagnosed with the most common form of childhood cancer, which is Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or ALL.  A new study of 20,000 of those children finds that today, that diagnosis brings a cure rate of 9 out of 10.  That's a huge jump in the survival rate just since 2005. By comparison, 40 years ago, the survival rate was less than 10 percent. Doctors credit better use of drugs and the large number of children today, who participate in clinical trials, like many going on here at Texas Tech. Researchers say that's what helps doctors learn which treatments work the best.

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