Osteosarcoma Survivor
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Brain Tumor Survivor
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Leukemia Survivor
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Leukemia Survivor
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Wilms Tumor Survivor
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Leukemia Survivor
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Retinoblastoma Survivor
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Types of Childhood Cancer

Cancer in children is different than cancer in adults

Childhood cancers are mostly those of the white blood cells (leukemia), brain, bone, and the lymphatic system (lymphoma). Cancerous tumors also can develop in the muscles, kidneys, and nervous system. Like cancers that occur in adults, each type of childhood cancer behaves differently, but all develop because of an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells.

However, children’s cancers do not always act like, get treated like, or respond like adult cancers.

Learn more about the symptoms and treatments for different types of childhood cancer:

Brain and Neural Tumors

Brain tumors are the most common solid tumor in children. However, new research and clinical trials are leading to life-saving innovations and increasing survivorship every day. Read More


Leukemia is the most-common type of childhood cancer, accounting for approximately 25 percent of all childhood cancers. Leukemia and other diseases of the blood and bone marrow may affect red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Read More


Lymphomas are tumors of the lymphatic system caused by abnormal lymphocyte growth. Children's Cancer Research Fund has made great strides in the study and treatment of both Hodgkin's and Non-Hodgkin's lymphomas in young people. Read More


University of Minnesota researchers are aggressively researching the underlying causes of sarcoma and working to develop novel treatments. Sarcomas in children include osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, and Ewing sarcoma. Read More

Other Cancers

Though they are less common, cancers originating in the liver, kidneys, and gonads can pose a severe threat to young patients. Read More