Understanding more about the cancer your child has and the treatments that may be used can often help parents to cope.
Your child's specialist will give you more detailed information, and if you have any questions it is important to ask the specialist doctor or nurse who knows your child's situation.
Find out more about your child's cancer
It is still unknown as to what causes childhood cancer and research is being done to find out more.
Parents often worry that something they did or didn’t do may have caused their child’s cancer. This is not the case, so you shouldn’t feel guilty or that you’re to blame for your child’s illness.
It’s very rare for another child in a family to develop cancer, as most cancers aren’t caused by an inherited faulty gene and so it is usually not necessary to investigate siblings.
Cancer is not infectious and can’t be passed on to anyone who comes into contact with your child.
Sometimes, two or three children in the same school or local area develop cancer. This can make people worry that something in the local area is causing the cancer. Several cases of cancer in a small area are known as a cancer cluster.
Cancer clusters are carefully investigated, but are usually found to be a coincidence rather than being caused by a particular chemical or environmental change.