1 in 3 parents think their terminally ill child will be cured

US research into neuroblastoma may be relevant to other life-threatening illnesses, authors say

More than one-third of parents of children with neuroblastoma think their child is likely to be cured, despite a minimal chance of survival, a US study reveals.

mother holding child's hand while child having drip

The findings also suggest that parents choose intensive therapies for their children because they don’t understand the severity of the disease and poor prognosis, the researchers say.

“The majority of parents markedly overestimated their child’s chances of cure, with 24% of parents reporting that their child