Although cancer mortality rates in this group have dropped by almost 65% from 1970 to 2016, cancer remains the leading cause of death in children. In the United States, in 2019, it is estimated that 11 060 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in newborn babies up to 14-year-old adolescents.
The most common types of cancer diagnosed from 0 to 14 years old are leukemia, brain cancer and other tumors of the central nervous system (CNS), and lymphomas.
There are many types of cancer treatment. The types of treatment a child with cancer receives will depend on the type of cancer and how advanced it is.
CANCERS IN CHILDREN are not always treated like cancers in adults. These often receive treatment in a CHILD ONCOLOGICAL CENTER, most of these centers treat patients until the age of 20.
The doctors and other medical professionals in these centers have special training and expertise to give full care to patients within this age range. Specialists may include primary care doctors, hematologists and pediatric medical oncologists, pediatric surgical specialists, radiologist oncologists, among others.
At the Institute of Interventional Oncology (IDOI Mexico) we know that adjusting to a diagnosis of cancer in a child and finding a way to strengthen oneself is a challenge for everyone in the family. It is important to talk with your child's healthcare team about any questions you want to clarify.