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Children, teens and young adults

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.

Our children, teens and young adults information is currently under review. For cancer information and support, please contact our cancer nurses on 13 11 20. For information relating to paediatric cancer types, treatment and care, see The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Paediatric Integrated Cancer Services (PICS) websites, or speak with your doctor.

Diagnosing children’s cancers

Information about diagnosing and testing.

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Reactions and emotions to childhood cancer

Learn about reactions and emotions associated with childhood cancer.

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Treating children’s cancers

Learn about treatment methods for childhood cancer.

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Types of children’s cancers

Common cancer types in children are different to those in adults.

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Life during and after childhood cancer

Learn what to expect and who to get support from for childhood cancer.

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Talking to kids about cancer

Understand more about how you can talk to children about cancer.

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Cancer in the school community

Information for staff members about cancer in the school community.

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Childhood cancer facts and figures

Key facts and figures about childhood cancer.

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Questions about cancer?

Call or email our experienced cancer nurses for information and support.

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