Astrocytoma - Childhood: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 04/2020

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of children who are diagnosed with astrocytoma 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.

This year, an estimated 930 children and adolescents younger than 19 will be diagnosed with astrocytoma in the United States. About 35% of childhood brain tumors are astrocytomas.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of children live at least 5 years after the tumor is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for children and young adults up to age 19 with pilocytic astrocytoma is almost 97%. For those with diffuse astrocytoma and anaplastic astrocytoma, the 5-year survival rates are almost 83% and 28%, respectively.

However, the grade of the astrocytoma affects survival rates. Other factors also affect survival rates, including how much of the tumor can be removed during surgery. Children with a type of astrocytoma that is unlikely to spread, called noninfiltrating astrocytoma, generally have a higher 5-year survival rate.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for children with astrocytoma are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of children 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. Talk with your child’s doctor if you have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2014, and the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States Statistical Report: Primary Brain and Other Central Nervous System Tumors Diagnosed in the United States in 2012–2016 (published November 2019, all sources accessed January 2020).

The next section in this guide is Medical Illustrations. It offers drawings of body parts often affected by astrocytoma. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.