Childhood cancers are different from the types of cancer that adults get. Childhood cancers do not always act like, get treated like, or respond like adult cancers. Children rarely get common adult cancers like breast, colon or lung. All childhood cancers are considered rare diseases, they tend to be more aggressive and often go undetected until the cancer is at an advanced stage. All this being said, childhood cancers are often more curable than cancer in adults because children are usually free of other underlying health concerns that can affect adults when they are undergoing treatment for cancer.
There are many things to learn when it comes to childhood cancer:
Like cancers that occur in adults, each type of childhood cancer behaves differently, but all develop because of an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells.
There are twelve different types of childhood cancer. They are:
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Researchers are constantly investigating new treatments and therapies in an effort to cure all childhood cancers. The University of Minnesota Cancer Center is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research facilities, yielding medical breakthroughs that have revolutionized the treatment of childhood cancer around the globe.
Cutting edge treatments and therapies:
Children's Cancer Research Fund is working every day to increase survivorship and develop new, lifesaving research that can improve the health and well-being of childhood cancer survivors.
Thanks to new and developing research and therapies, more than 80 percent of children diagnosed with cancer can be expected to be long-term survivors.
Unfortunately, however, as a consequence of their disease and treatment these long-term survivors now face significant, largely uncharacterized health risks, or “late-effects” which they must deal with for the remainder of their lives.