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Ewing Family of Tumors - Childhood

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 5/2013

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many children and teens learn they have this type of tumor each year and some general survival information. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages in this guide, use the colored boxes on the right side of your screen, or click “Next” at the bottom

Each year, about 225 children and teenagers in the United States are diagnosed with a Ewing family tumor. EFT makes up about 1% of all childhood cancers. The five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the tumor is detected, excluding those who die from other diseases. The five-year survival rate of people with EFT with a localized tumor (a tumor that has not spread) is about 70%. If the tumor has metastasized (spread) at the time of diagnosis, the five-year survival rate is about 15% to 30%. The survival rate is slightly higher for patients whose tumor has spread to the lungs only, compared with those whose tumor has spread to the lungs and the bones.

Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from a number of people with this type of tumor in the United States, but the actual risk for a particular individual may differ. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with EFT. Because the survival statistics are measured in five-year intervals, they may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of EFT. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

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