About Cancer

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Cancer and its impact on everyday life can be a hard thing to understand at any age, particularly so when you’re young. Lack of knowledge can often make the cancer experience more scary and uncertain – but there are reliable sources of information available to help people affected by cancer to understand it better.

When a pupil of a school is diagnosed with cancer, other children often want to learn more about the disease to gain a better understanding of what their classmate is going through.

Some helpful facts* about cancer can help you get started:

  • Cancer is a term given to illnesses where cells multiply too quickly which may cause other parts of the body not to work properly
  • Over 75 per cent of children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer now go on to make a full recovery
  • Childhood cancers are more rare than adult cancers, with approximately only 1 in 600 affected
  • It’s usually easier to treat childhood cancers than adult cancers
  • There are four main types of treatment for cancer. Which one(s) are used depend on the type of cancer: Chemotherapy; Radiotherapy; Surgery; Bone marrow transplant

*All facts and figures courtesy of the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG).

Additional Resources

The CCLG has some fantastic information available for download on its website, a great first start for teachers, families and children wanting to know more about cancer. This includes:

  • Illustrated booklets for children about types of cancer and treatments
  • Resources for school staff for when children return to school after or even during treatment
  • Other booklets and leaflets for children and adults on issues including radiotherapy, bone marrow transplants, clinical trials, follow-up care, and life after cancer