Cancer.Net offers the following resources to help when cancer is diagnosed in a child. This can be called childhood cancer or pediatric cancer.
Doctors may need to perform a variety of medical tests and procedures to learn more about your child's cancer and to provide the best treatment. Anticipating and having these procedures often is a major source of anxiety and stress for both children and parents. Fortunately, much of the anxiety surrounding procedures can be reduced by carefully preparing you and your child.
Find information on childhood cancer survivorship and the importance of follow-up care.
Childhood cancer survivors are at risk for developing late effects, which are side effects that occur more than five years after treatment. These can result from both the cancer itself and the cancer treatment. Because more than 80% of children treated for cancer survive five years or more after treatment and are presumably cured, preventing and recognizing both physical and emotional late effects is an important part of cancer care.
Late effects are side effects of treatment that occur five or more years after treatment. Not all children treated for cancer will experience late effects, but it helps to learn about the possible late effects your child may experience, how the health care team will help manage, treat, and/or prevent late effects, and questions to ask the health care team.
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 a list of summer camps, week-long retreats, and other gatherings for children and families affected by cancer.
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.