Parents often worry that something they did or didn’t do may have caused their child’s cancer. This is not the case, so you shouldn’t feel guilty or that you’re to blame for your child’s illness.
It’s very rare for another child in a family to develop cancer, as most cancers aren’t caused by an inherited faulty gene and so it is usually not necessary to investigate siblings.
Cancer is not infectious and can’t be passed on to anyone who comes into contact with your child.
This information was written by the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG). For more information, click here.
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