Childhood Cancer

Cancer survivors report healthy outlooks on life

Kids with cancer can bounce back after treatment and have happy childhoods. That's according to interviews with eight to 12 year-olds who've been treated for cancer. The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute, included 90 children who had successfully been treated at least a year earlier, and 72 that were undergoing treatment. Nearly five-hundred children with no history of cancer were also interviewed. The children were questioned about fears of death, their outlooks on life and other issues. Those who'd undergone successful treatment scored slightly higher than those who'd never had cancer. One survivor said he was happier now because friends who weren't around during his treatment are flocking to him now that he's cancer-free. The study appears in February's journal, "Pediatrics."