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Helping you understand childhood cancer
« on: September 29, 2012, 10:48:33 PM »
Helping you understand childhood cancer.

Cancer in children is rare. Most Canadian children who develop it will survive their disease. The most common cancers diagnosed in children (aged 0Ė19 years) are leukemia, brain and spinal tumours, and lymphomas (Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas).

A diagnosis of cancer in a child or young adult can stir up many emotions and bring about quite a few changes to the family. Thereís a lot to cope with, countless questions to ask and many decisions to be made. Itís common for both the parents and their child to feel that life has spun out of control. This can happen when you donít feel you have all the information you need to make decisions.

Gathering information and talking about cancer can help you and your family feel more in control and more involved. Knowing what to expect can often help put things in perspective and help you and your child make decisions.

To learn more about childhood cancers, visit the childhood chapter of The Cancer Encylopedia.

You can also talk to one of the information specialists. Call the Cancer Information Service toll-free at 1 888 939-3333 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or Contact The Cancer Society. They can answer your questions on:

  • diagnosis and treatment options
  • side effects during treatment
  • nutrition
  • emotional support for parents and siblings
  • long-term effects after treatment
  • respite and palliative care

« Last Edit: October 01, 2012, 06:39:14 AM by Tony »

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