To speak to a specialist cancer nurse,
freefone the National Cancer Helpline
1800 200 700
Mon—Thurs 9am—7pm Fri 9am—5pm
Cancer is a disease of the cells in the body. When cancer develops, the cells change and grow in an abnormal way. These cancer cells can affect how tissues and organs work properly in the body. A group of cells can form a tumour anywhere in the body. The tumour can be either benign or malignant. Benign tumours do not spread, whereas malignant tumours can spread to other parts of the body.
Cancer in children develops in different parts of their body to adults. But similar treatments can be used in both adults and children.
Cancer in children is very rare. It is much less common than cancer in adults.
There are many different types of cancer in children. The most common ones are discussed below. About one-third of all children´s cancers are leukaemias. The most common solid tumours are brain tumours. If your child has a rare type of cancer, talk to the doctors and nurses about it, as they can give you more information.
Freephone 1800 200 700 to talk to a specialist cancer nurse
It's open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 7pm and Friday from 9am to 5pm
National Cancer Helpline
Freefone 1 800 200 700
Talk to a specialist nurse
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