Childhood Cancer


This is the official site of the American Cancer Fund® 

Getting an understanding of Childhood Cancers

“Each School day 46 children are diagnosed with Cancer” According to the Candelighters organization

Typically, the factors that trigger cancer in children are usually not the same factors that may cause cancer in adults. Rarely, there may be an increased risk of childhood cancer in children who have a genetic condition, such as Down syndrome. Children who have had chemotherapy or radiation treatment for a prior cancer episode may also have an increased risk of cancer. In almost all cases, however, childhood cancers arise from non inherited mutations (or changes) in the genes of growing cells.

American Cancer Fund for Kids

Our sister site especially designed for childhood cancers. The site is currently being revised so visit often for the updates.

Can you donate today to give hope and save a child? Many children are suffering with cancer and need your help today.  Click on the orange button at the top of the page to make your generous donation. Thank you.

Young People with Cancer – A Handbook For Parents

If you are the parent of a child that has just been diagnosed with Cancer, take a look at this downloadable handbook from the National Cancer Institute. According to NCI –

“This booklet was reviewed by health professionals and, most important, by parents of children with cancer. Although this booklet does not tell you everything about cancer in children, it is a start, and it directs you to other sources of information.”

Reliable Links

St Jude

What you can find here

St. Judes is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility anywhere. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Start by clicking on ‘patients and parents’ then start with disease fact sheets. The data for some diseases is relatively simple and the pages have a date for updates. Some pages are complicated and hard to understand without a lot of previous knowledge. Information at this site is available in both English and Spanish. Interactive links are more sales tools but ok.

Childhood Cancer Foundation

What you can find here

A very informative site. They have lists of childhood cancer websites that you might find beneficial.

National Cancer Institute

What you can find here

This is the US Government site and they have information about Childhood Brain tumors and Acute Myeloid Leukemia treatments. Also available is information related to genetics and Clinical Trials. Information is available in English and Spanish; at the top of the page on the right side you can specify the language you want.

Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation

What you can find here

This is a wonderful resource for any parent dealing with a pediatric brain or spinal tumor. Their mission is to raise funds for scientific research; heighten public awareness of this most devastating disease; and improve prognosis and quality of life for those that are affected. They provide social and support services worldwide and help you deal with all the issues facing this devastating diagnosis.

Childrens Tumor Foundation

What you can find here

This is more of a specialized site for neurofibromatoses (NF). Their stated mission is (in part) to support persons with NF, their families and caregivers by providing thorough, accurate, current and readily accessible information. If your child was diagnosed with NF this is a reliable resource that you must use.

Children’s Cancer Web

What you can find here

We think this is a British site. Some words are spelled using the British spelling. There is some simple, basic information on this site. Pages are dated with last update. Most pages are dated 2003 or earlier. There are still some useful International links.