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Information on childhood cancer for parents & carers

Whether you’re worried about childhood cancer, your child has been diagnosed or you are simply looking for more information, here you can find everything you need to know.

What is childhood cancer?

I am worried my child has cancer

What to do when your child becomes unwell and you worry that it could be cancer.

Diagnosis and tests for cancer in children

Diagnosis means finding out if your child has cancer and, if so, what type of cancer they have.

What causes cancer in children?

Parents often worry that something they did or didn’t do may have caused their child’s cancer. This is not the case. 

Chemotherapy and other treatments

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. Children usually have a combination of chemotherapy drugs.

Side effects of chemotherapy

Chemotherapy drugs can cause unpleasant side effects. However, there are often ways of controlling or reducing them.

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy treats cancer by using high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells in a particular part of the body, while doing as little harm as possible to normal cells.

What happens at the end of treatment?

Follow-up visitors mean the doctor can give your child a general check up and arrange any tests they think are needed.

Discover More Stories…

Rebecca’s Update 2021

Read more about our catch-up with Rebecca in July 2021 after undergoing cancer treatment through World Child Cancer in Ghana five years ago.

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Tiwo’s story

Five years after developing cancer and two years of treatment later, six-year-old Tiwo is doing well

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Hassan’s story

14-year-old Hassan from the Machinga district of Malawi was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) last year.

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Franklyn’s Story

Meet Franklyn, now 17, who is fully recovered from cancer and dreams of becoming a doctor to help others

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Rebecca’s Success Story

Rebecca is now able to return to school after undergoing cancer treatment through World Child Cancer in Ghana

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My road to recovery

Prince went on to become a childhood cancer advocate and help many other children just like him when he recovered from leukaemia. Read More

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Estaphanie is excited to start university!

Meet Estaphanie, who is excited to start university after being forced to take time out of school following a cancer diagnosis

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Meet Bulu

Bulu is looking forward to following in his brother’s footsteps getting back on the football field

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Meet Oscar

Oscar was six years old when his mother noticed a swelling on his tummy and took him to a traditional village doctor

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