Pleuropulmonary Blastoma - Childhood: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 03/2016

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

PPB is rare. PPB occurs most often in children younger than 12, with most kids diagnosed between the ages of 3 to 4. PPB is rarely diagnosed in teenagers and adults. PPB occurs about equally in boys and girls.

The overall survival rate tells you what percent of children live a certain amount of time after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The overall survival rate of children with PPB is hard to estimate, given the rare nature of this disease. Type I PBB has a better prognosis than Types II and III PPB. However, Type I PPB can recur as Type II or III PPB. Talk with your doctor about your child’s prognosis and what individual factors it is based on.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for children with PPB are an estimate. The estimate comes from data based on the number of children with this cancer in the United States. Estimates may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of PPB. People should talk with their child’s doctor if they have questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Sources: International PPB Registry and the National Organization for Rare Disorders.

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