Patients & Families
Patients and Families
Childhood Cancer: Information for Patients, Parents and Guardians

Each year, 1500 Canadian children are diagnosed with cancer.

Similar to adult cancer, childhood cancer can occur anywhere throughout the body. Leukemia, tumors of the brain and nervous system, the lymphatic system, kidneys, bones and muscles are the most common childhood cancers.

Regardless of the type of cancer that you have been diagnosed with, you will likely need to undergo cancer treatment such as, chemotherapy or radiation.

The ongoing research on treatment of childhood cancer has greatly improved the overall survival rate for young individuals. Although thinking about the effects of cancer treatment may be frightening, studies have shown that children undergoing cancer treatment have few psychological problems.

There are numerous Canadian resources that can provide valuable information about the diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer, how to cope with your emotions and concerns, as well as information on the practical issues surrounding the cancer journey. 

View cartoon, child-friendly videos that will help you understand the effects of chemotherapy.

Play online interactive games where you are able to fight many different forms of cancer.

Access advice from professional mentors and chat with someone experiencing the same challenges.

For general information on childhood and adolescent cancer, please visit the following links:

    • http://www.iwk.nshealth.ca/
    • http://www.starlightcanada.org/ 
    • www.teenslivingwithcancer.ca 
    • www.curesearch.org 
    • www.childhoodcancer.ca  
    • http://www.cancerview.ca  
    • http://www.bccancer.bc.ca  
    • http://www.pogo.ca/patients-families/websites
    • www.youngadultcancercanada.ca

Your healthcare team will provide you with resources to help you deal with the effects of childhood cancer.