What treatment will I have

Treatment

The treatment your child has will depend on the type of cancer they have.

There are a number of different treatments available. The most common are:

  • surgery, which aims to remove the tumour during an operation
  • chemotherapy, which uses anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells
  • radiotherapy, which uses radiation to destroy cancer cells
  • stem cell and bone marrow transplants, which involve having high doses of chemotherapy drugs followed by an infusion of blood stem cells
  • immunotherapy, which involves having specific drugs that target particular cancer cells
  • targeted therapy, which involves special drugs that target proteins and genes in cancer cells

Your child's doctor will explain to you which treatment, or combination of treatments, is appropriate for your child.

Giving consent to treatment 

Taking part in clinical trials

Alternative treatment