Lymphoma - Non-Hodgkin - Childhood: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 05/2017

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of children and adolescents who are diagnosed with this type of lymphoma each year. You will also read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.

NHL makes up about 7% of all cancers in people under age 20. This year about 900 children and teens will be diagnosed with NHL.  NHL accounts for 5% of cancers in children 14 and younger, making it the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in that age group. NHL occurs 2 to 3 times more often in boys than girls. 

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of children live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. In general, the 5-year survival rate for children with NHL is about 91%. However, it is important to note that this depends on several factors, including the specific subtype of NHL and the stage of disease. Children with NHL who are alive and disease-free after 5 years are usually considered “cured” because it is rare for childhood NHL to return after that much time.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for children and adolescents with NHL are an estimate. The estimate comes from yearly data based on the number of children and adolescents with this cancer in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Patients and their parents should talk with their doctor if they have questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2017, the ACS website, and the National Cancer Institute.

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