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. Your specialist and medical team will put together an individual treatment plan for your child that takes into account:

  • the type of cancer they have
  • its stage (such as how big the tumour is or how far it has spread)
  • their general health.

The three main ways to treat cancer – surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy – are explained in this section of the website. There is also information about bone marrow transplants, high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell support and clinical trials.

Your child's treatment plan (sometimes called a ‘protocol’, 'regimen' or 'regime') may include just one of these treatments, or a combination of them.

Before treatment

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 (or combination) 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.

January 2015, next planned review 2017.