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
Clare Pain
mother holding child's hand while child having drip

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.

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.