In recent years, scientists have begun to understand how certain changes in DNA can cause them to become cancer cells.Read More
Some children have a higher chance of developing a specific type of cancer because of certain gene changes they inherit from a parent. These children may need careful, regular medical check-ups that include special tests to look for early cancer signs.Read More
Types of cancers that occur most in children are different from those seen in adults. The most common cancers of children are leukemia, brain and spinal cord tumors, neuroblastoma, wilms tumor,
retinoblastoma, and bone cancer.
If your child has just been diagnosed with cancer, this short, simple guide can help.Read More
The types of cancer that develop in children are often different from the types that develop in adults. Unlike many cancers in adults, childhood cancers are not strongly linked to lifestyle or environmental risk factors.Read More
Coping with a Diagnosis
Children and teenagers respond to cancer diagnoses with a range of emotions that often reflects those of their parents.Read More
It can be tempting to not tell children about cancer, but most children will sense something is wrong with them. Being honest about the diagnosis tends to lessen stress,
guilt, and confusion.
Treatment for childhood cancer is based mainly on the type and stage of the cancer. The main types of treatment used for childhood cancer are surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.Read More
Experts from different disciplines are a part of the cancer team that helps patients and families. There are also many professionals and specialists who may work with your child or family.Read More
Cancer treatment and follow-up care are intense and complex.
Everyone involved must have confidence and trust in one another and be able to work well together.
Though it may not seem important in light of everything else going on, continuing to be a part of the school community should be a priority.Read More
Most families are able to find a “new normal” after a child’s cancer.
It takes time to adjust after treatment ends.
If your child isn’t able to attend school while undergoing cancer treatment, you can speak with the cancer team and social worker to get some ideas about how your child will return to school.Read More
Most treatment side effect appear during or just after treatment and go away a short time later. But some problems might not go away or might not show up until months or years after treatment.Read More
It’s important to realize that close follow-up care is a central part of the cancer process that offers children the best chance for recovery and long-term survival.Read More
While the completion of your child’s cancer treatment is something to celebrate, it may also bring new challenges.Read More