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Types of childhood cancer

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 in detail.

How common is my child's cancer?

The following graph is based on the average national statistics for the UK and Ireland.

Incidence rates Parents-Guide

Cancers of teenagers and young people

Teenagers and young people tend to get different types of cancers to children and adults, with the most common ones being lymphomas and carcinomas, germ cell (ovarian and testicular) and brain and central nervous system (CNS) tumours.

Leukaemia Brain tumours Lymphoma Osteosarcoma 

Ewing sarcoma Rhabdomyosarcoma Neuroblastoma 

Wilms tumour Germ cell tumours Retinoblastoma 

Liver tumours Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) Rare cancers

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