Just diagnosed

When your child is diagnosed with cancer it can feel like normal life stops and a different journey begins. It is a journey that can test every aspect of you and your family’s lives.

Being told that your child has cancer may have come as a terrible shock. It is probably a word that you never thought you would associate with your child. At the start you may feel numb and unable to take in the news.

It is important to keep in mind that, with the help of modern treatments, the majority of children and young people now survive cancer. It is also important to remember that children and young people’s cancers are very different to adult ones.

The content in this section aims to give a reliable overview of cancer in children and young people, its treatments and the support that may be available to you and your child. It has been produced in partnership with health and social care professionals. These pages are intended to back up the information you get from the hospital, not to replace medical advice from a specialist.

You may also want to visit the How it affects you section, which contains information about day-to-day issues that can arise.

We understand that this can be a very confusing time. If you have questions, concerns or simply feel you would like someone to talk to please do not hesitate to contact us – we will be happy to help. You can call on 0300 330 0803 or email us at info@clicsargent.org.uk

Reviewed December 2014, next planned review 2017.