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Childhood Cancer

Most kids with cancer get better. This site helps you learn about the types of cancer that are more likely to affect kids, their treatment, and what you can do.

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  • Leukemia 

    Doctors have lots of different treatments for blood cancers, each tailored to a child's needs.

    Acute lymphoblastic leukemia

    Acute myeloid leukemia

    Juvenile myelonmonocytic leukemia

    Chronic myelogenous leukemia

  • Tumors

    Tumors can happen anywhere in the body, and each type is treated differently.

    Brain tumors

    Liver tumors

    Wilms tumor

    Germ cell tumors

Life With Cancer

What can you do to be sure your child stays healthy at home? How can you support your child? And what can you do to be sure you and the rest of your family stay strong? Explore our tips below.

Supporting Kids With Cancer

From building strength with healthy food to helping kids adjust to changes in appearance, here are ways you can offer support.

Learn about nutrition and diet

Help kids relax

Prepare for the physical side effects of treatment

Talking to Kids About Cancer

Share this content just for kids to help children and siblings understand cancer.

Watch Finn's story with little kids

For school age kids, visit our cancer site for kids

Supporting Teens

If you're parenting a teen with cancer, here are ways to help them keep up with life.

Help with school

Help kids cope with worry


Caring for the Whole Family

Family routines and dynamics naturally change when a child is ill. Here's advice on balancing family needs — including your own — with cancer care.

Caring for siblings when a child is sick

Be sure to take care of yourself!

Beyond Cancer

Kids in remission are likely to feel better, eat better, and have more energy. Emotionally, kids and their families feel more relaxed and begin to enjoy life more.

Staying healthy

Resolving late effects

Family Stories

Q&A: Cancer Side Effects

Your doctor has probably talked about any side effects your child might have from cancer treatment. Side effects like reduced fertility all depend on the diagnosis, type of treatment, and the doses of medicines or radiation. Everyone is different, so it's best to bring any questions or worries up with your child's medical team.

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Side effects can range from tiredness and flu-like symptoms to hair loss and blood clotting problems. Because it's hard for doctors to predict how the body will react, a child who is being treated for cancer is closely monitored. Doctors weigh the amount and severity of side effects against the benefits of treatments.

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