Diagnosis of children's cancers

This information about children’s cancer was written by the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG).

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:

  • a paediatrician, who specialises in treating children
  • a paediatric oncologist, who specialises in treating children with cancer
  • a paediatric haematologist, who specialises in treating blood disorders

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.

Children's cancer information from CCLG

This information about children’s cancer was written by the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG). It has been reviewed and edited by their publications committee, which includes medical experts from all fields of children’s cancer and care.

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