Cancer

Every year in the UK some 1,500 children aged 0-14 are diagnosed with cancer; about one-third of these are diagnosed with leukaemia. Although cancers in children are rare, the symptoms can be difficult to spot and are often confused with other less serious conditions. The most common cancers we treat are:

  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ewings sarcoma
  • Pontine Glioma
  • Astrocytomas

Our multi-disciplinary team of consultant surgeons, oncologists, haematologists and paediatric intensive care specialists provide a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment service for cancers in babies, children and adolescents aged up to 24 years. The service is led by a number of specialist oncology and haematology consultants.

When a diagnosis of cancer is confirmed, decisions about your child’s treatment plan, which may involve surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, are discussed by the multi-disciplinary team which includes, paediatric surgical oncologists, specialist nurses, radiotherapists and pharmacists. These specialists, whose NHS practices are at leading centres in London such as UCLH, The Royal Marsden and King’s College Hospital, treat a range of childhood cancers.

Our Paediatric Day Care Unit provides supportive and ongoing care to children with cancer and is run by a highly trained team of specialist nursing staff. The unit provides the highest quality of service which makes it easier for children to spend more time at home and come in on a daily basis to have their treatment.