Identifying New Ways to Treat Pediatric Cancer A diagnosis of cancer can be devastating for a child and his or her family. But there is cause for hope. Advances by specialists at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital and other pediatric hospitals have greatly improved outcomes over the years. Fifty years ago, less than 10 percent of childhood cancer patients could be cured. Today, nearly 80 percent of children diagnosed with cancer become long-term survivors, and the majority of them are considered cured. Our researchers are looking to improve those numbers even further. The stories that follow outline several initiatives that are propelling research discoveries or improving outcomes for kids and teens with cancer. 27