Children, teens and young adults

Tuesday 25 March, 2014

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.

Diagnosing children’s cancers

Tuesday 25 March 2014
Children’s cancers can be difficult to diagnose as many symptoms can also be caused by other less serious conditions or injuries.

Reactions and emotions to childhood cancer

Tuesday 25 March 2014
The diagnosis can come as a huge shock to everyone in the family. Each person will be trying to deal with their own feelings.

Treating children’s cancers

Tuesday 25 March 2014
Each type of cancer is treated differently. In some cases, several types of cancer treatments are given.

Types of children’s cancers

Tuesday 25 March 2014
The most common types of cancers that happen in children are different from those seen in adults.

Life during and after childhood cancer

Tuesday 25 March 2014
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.

Talking to kids about cancer

This section isn’t designed to tell you exactly what to say, but we hope it gives you a starting point.

Cancer in the school community

Friday 1 June 2018

Information for staff members about cancer in the school community.

Cancer Council & childhood cancers

Information about childhood cancer key facts and figures.

Questions about cancer?


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