There isn’t one type of cancer treatment that works for everybody. Just as there are lots of different types of cancers, there are different ways to treat them.
The main ways to treat cancer are:
Your specialist and medical team will put together a treatment plan for your child. The plan will take into account the type of cancer they have, its stage (such as how big the tumour is or how far it has spread) and their general health.
Your child's treatment plan (sometimes called a ‘protocol’, 'regimen' or 'regime') may include just one treatment or a combination of them.
Being clear about what's ahead
Before your child's treatment plan is put into action, your specialist will explain exactly what is going to happen and the benefits, risks and potential side effects of the treatment they are recommending. Your doctor or nurse will also be happy to answer any questions you have and repeat the information as often as needed.
It might help to write down your questions before each appointment so you don’t forget anything you wanted to ask about.
Other drugs and therapies
When your child is receiving treatment for cancer it is best not to take any other medications or start any complementary therapies without first speaking to their specialist.
Keeping track of your child's treatment
You can download and print our treatment recording sheets, designed to help you monitor different aspects of your child's treatment and any side effects. You can also record key information and keep track of progress, in collaboration with the professionals looking after your child.
Updated November 2017, next review due 2019.