What is cancer? • Your body is made up of millions of cells that do different jobs and behave in different ways • Cancer occurs when cells in the body multiply out of control • Any type of cell may be affected, anywhere in the body • If they are not treated, these cells may spread to other parts of the body
Childhood cancer • Cancers affecting children are different from cancers affecting adults • They look different under a microscope. • They need to be treated differently.
How is cancer treated? • Most children with cancer will have chemotherapy • This is a special type of medicine • Ellie has leukaemia, and here she is with all the medicine she needs to take for a year.
What is chemotherapy? • Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that attacks the cancer cells • It is very powerful so can make you feel really ill • Treatment can take up to three years
Other types of treatment • Some children need to have a bone marrow transplant • Some children need to have radiotherapy • She was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was three years old. Louisa needed a bone marrow transplant. Her brother Eddie donated bone marrow for Louisa.
Children with Cancer UK • Children with Cancer UK is the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer • We fund research into: • What causes cancer • How we can prevent cancer • How we can cure cancer • How to make treatments better
What we do • We aim to find the causes, find cures and provide care for children with cancer • We fund life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood cancer • We fund projects to provide better care for young cancer patients and their families.