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Diagnosis means finding out if a child has cancer and, if so, what type of cancer they have.
There is more information about the possible symptoms of cancer in the sections for different types of children's cancer|.
Doctors will do this by assessing your child and their symptoms, and by doing tests|.
When a child has symptoms that could be caused by cancer, they will be referred by their GP or local hospital to one of the following specialists:
Most children with cancer will be treated in a Principal Treatment Centre within a hospital. Teenagers may be treated in a unit specially designed for teenagers and young adults with cancer.
Content last reviewed: 1 April 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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We worked with The Chilidren's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) to make sure you have the information you need about children's cancer.
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