Health Information

Oncology

  • About Cancer

    Detailed information on cancer in children, including causes, diagnosis, treatment, and coping

  • Alternative Therapy for Cancer

    Alternative therapy is a nonconventional approach to healing. it may be used instead of standard treatment or in combination with standard medicine.

  • Diagnosing Cancer

    Many tests are necessary to determine whether a child has cancer, or if another condition is mimicking the symptoms of cancer.

  • Treatment for Cancer

    The specific treatment for your child's cancer will be determined by your child's doctor, based on a variety of factors, including the type of cancer and the extent of the disease.

  • Causes of Cancer

    There is no one single cause for cancer. Scientists believe that it is the interaction of many factors--genetic, environmental, or constitutional characteristics of the individual.

  • Chemotherapy for Children: Side Effects

    Detailed information on chemotherapy and managing chemotherapy side effects in children

  • Chemotherapy for Children

    Chemotherapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer. In most cases, it works by interfering with cancer cells' ability to grow or reproduce.

  • Coping with a Diagnosis of Cancer in Children

    A cancer diagnosis is shocking and overwhelming. But prognosis of childhood cancer continues to improve, and the chance of being cured continues to increase.

  • Germ Cell Tumors

    Detailed information on germ cell tumors, including causes, types, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Glossary - Oncology

    Glossary of terms relating to cancer in children

  • Hepatoblastoma

    Detailed information on hepatoblastoma, including causes, stages, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Home Page - Oncology

    Detailed information on cancer in children

  • Managing Alopecia in Children

    Hair loss is a common side effect of most forms of chemotherapy. Younger children may not be bothered by hair loss, but the school-aged child or teenager may be devastated.

  • Managing Mucositis in Children

    Mucositis can be a very troublesome and painful side effect of chemotherapy. Common symptoms include diarrhea and abdominal cramping or tenderness.

  • Managing Bone Marrow Suppression in Children

    Nearly all chemotherapy drugs affect the number of blood cells in the body. When the number drops, the risk for anemia, fatigue, infection, and bleeding increases.

  • Neuroblastoma

    Neuroblastoma is a cancerous tumor that begins in nerve tissue of infants and very young children. The abnormal cells are often found in the nerve tissue that is present in the unborn baby and later develops into a detectable tumor.

  • Nutritional Requirements for a Child With Cancer

    Good nutrition is vital for children being treated for cancer, yet these young patients often have poor appetites.

  • Online Resources - Oncology

    List of online resources to find additional information on cancer in children

  • Osteosarcoma

    Detailed information on osteosarcoma, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Pain Management and Children

    When a child has cancer or another pain-causing disease, one of his or her greatest fears is pain. Every effort should be made to ease the pain during the treatment process.

  • Questions to Ask Your Child's Doctor

    Parents are entitled to a clear explanation about anything related to their child's condition. Here are some important questions you may consider asking your child's doctor.

  • Retinoblastoma

    Detailed information on retinoblastoma, including causes, stages, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Rhabdomyosarcoma

    Detailed information on rhabdomyosarcoma, including causes, stages, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Topic Index - Oncology

    Detailed information on cancer in children

  • Brain Tumors in Children

    Brain tumors are the most common solid tumors in children. Brain tumors that occur in infants and children are very different from adult brain tumors, both in terms of the type of cells and the responsiveness to treatment.

  • Wilms Tumor

    Detailed information on Wilms tumor, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Ewing Sarcoma

    Detailed information on Ewing sarcoma, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Leukemia

    Detailed information on leukemia in childhood, including symptoms, staging, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Children

    Detailed information on non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, including causes, staging, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Bone Marrow Transplantation in Children

    The goal of a bone marrow transplant is to transfuse healthy bone marrow cells into a child after his or her own unhealthy bone marrow has been eliminated.

  • Cancer Overview

    Cancer cells don't function properly, and they can spread to many areas of the body. Tumors are clusters of cells that are capable of growing and dividing uncontrollably; their growth is not regulated.

  • About Clinical Trials: Information from the National Cancer Institute

    Clinical trials are studies, managed by government agencies, educational institutions, private not-for-profit organizations, or commercial businesses, to develop, produce, and evaluate the effectiveness of new treatments and therapies for diseases.

  • Hodgkin Lymphoma

    Detailed information on Hodgkin's lymphoma, including causes, symptoms, staging, diagnosis, and treatment