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Cancer.Net offers the following resources to help when cancer is diagnosed in a child. This can be called childhood cancer or pediatric cancer.
Find an overview of all childhood cancers, including information on risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, side effects, after treatment, and current research, as well as links to specific types of childhood cancer.
Learn about what children of different ages are likely to understand about a cancer diagnosis.
Learn more about research studies called clinical trials, which are the standard of care for the treatment of children with cancer.
Find tips for parents on how to prepare a child who needs to have procedures to diagnosis and treat cancer.
Get information on common emotions experienced by siblings of children with cancer, common behaviors observed in siblings, tips on helping siblings cope, and resources for parents and siblings.
Find a list of summer camps, week-long retreats, and other gatherings for children and families affected by cancer.
Find information on childhood cancer survivorship and the importance of follow-up care.
Learn about the types of late or long-term side effects that may occur as a result of cancer treatment during childhood.
Learn how cancer treatment can affect your child’s development through puberty and future fertility, as well as the fertility-preservation options available for children and teens.
Find additional resources that provide more information for children with cancer and their families.
Information for School Professionals
Children in classrooms across the country are likely dealing with cancer right now, whether with a grandparent, parent, or teacher. LIVESTRONG at School offers free online lessons to help teach students about cancer in a way that is age-appropriate, hopeful, inspiring and empowering. Lessons include national standards, clear learning objectives, engaging videos, extension activities, a check for understanding and ways that students can get involved in the fight against cancer.