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Children with Cancer: A Guide for Parents

If your child has cancer, this guide can help you every step of the way. This guide can be printed as a PDF booklet, or viewed as an ePub, or Kindle book, by simply clicking on one of the boxes below.

This guide is divided into five sections:


  • Types of Childhood Cancers
  • Diagnosing and Staging Cancer
  • Talking with Your Child


  • Hospitals That Specialize in Treating Children with Cancer
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cancer Treatments and Side Effects
  • Common Health Problems (infection, nutrition, stress and pain)


  • Finding Ways to Cope and Stay Strong
  • Helping Your Child to Cope
  • Helping Brother and Sisters
  • Getting Organized

Life After

  • Survivorship and Follow-up Care
  • If Treatments Aren’t Working
  • Looking Forward


  • Practices That Help Children: Integrative Medicine Approaches
  • Medical Tests and Procedures

Each section also has quotes from parents, related resources, and questions to help you get more in-depth and personalized information. This guide is designed to be used as a tool in consultation with your child’s health care team.

The information in this booklet was last updated in September 2015.

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