It is a very challenging and difficult time when a child is diagnosed with cancer. The child with cancer and everyone close to them may go through many different feelings and emotions. First reactions may include disbelief, anger, shock, sadness and fear.
This information was produced in collaboration with The Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service (PICS), parents and staff from the Oncology units at both The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne & Monash Children's, Monash Health, Melbourne and ONTrac, Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Service.
Children’s cancers can be difficult to diagnose as many symptoms can also be caused by other less serious conditions or injuries.
The diagnosis can come as a huge shock to everyone in the family. Each person will be trying to deal with their own feelings.
Each type of cancer is treated differently. In some cases, several types of cancer treatments are given.
The most common types of cancers that happen in children are different from those seen in adults.
Life for a child with cancer can be difficult for the child and those caring for them. Knowing what to expect and who to get support from can help.