About childhood cancer

Find out what the most common types of childhood cancer are.

Causes of cancer in children

We don't know what causes or how to prevent most childhood cancers. There are some factors that can increase the risk of cancer in children.

Symptoms of cancer in children

Get information about the possible symptoms of cancer and when to see a cancer specialist.

Support for children and their families

There is lots of help and support available for children, their parents, siblings and other family members.


Retinoblastoma is a rare type of eye cancer. It most commonly affects children under the age of 5. One or both eyes can be affected.


Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer that affects children, mostly under the age of 5. Around 100 are diagnosed each year in the UK.

T cell childhood non Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL)

Read about T cell non Hodgkin lymphoma and how it is treated.

Wilms' tumour

Wilms' tumour is a type of kidney cancer that most commonly affects young children. Read about the causes, symptoms and treatment.

Last reviewed: 
05 Sep 2014

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