Resource guide: What everyone should know about childhood cancer

childhood cancerHow much do you know about childhood cancers? Even though they’re rare (far more so than cancers in adults), they are no less devastating to children and their families. For Childhood Cancer Awareness Month—celebrated every year in September—Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is sharing important information about childhood cancers and inspiring stories from the children who battle it every day.

As the month comes to a close, here are four topics we think everyone should learn about when it comes to childhood cancer.

What are the most common symptoms of childhood cancer?

Childhood cancers make up less than 1 percent of all cancers diagnosed every year. That’s why, by and large, there are no regular screening tests for pediatric cancers (except in certain circumstances). Take a moment to learn the most common symptoms of childhood cancer.

What are the differences between adult and childhood brain tumors?

Brain tumors are always rare, but they can appear in adults and in children. In fact, tumors of the brain and spinal cord are the second most common tumors in children. But adults and children don’t get the same kinds of brain tumors or the same symptoms. Treatments differ, too. Learn more about how adult and childhood brain tumors differ.

What specialists does a child see when diagnosed with cancer?

Doctors and nurses move quickly when it looks like a child might have cancer. But they always move together in a team, with one goal: to make sure that every one of the child’s (and family’s) needs are addressed. Learn more about the specialists who care for children with cancer.

What you need to know for life after childhood cancer treatment

Completing cancer treatment can bring a range of emotions for patients and families. They often include anxiety about relapse, returning to “normal life,” or how to handle side effects that occur years down the road.

Dr. Lisa Diller, the director of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center’s David B. Perini Jr., Quality of Life Clinic, talked about these concerns and other factors in cancer survivorship during a live webchat on life after childhood cancer treatment. Learn more about childhood cancer survivorship.