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Types of cancer

Childhood cancer is a general term used to describe more than 12 types (and countless subtypes) of cancer. Each type/subtype of childhood cancer requires a unique, specialised course of treatment, which makes finding a cure for every type difficult and highlights the crucial importance of childhood cancer research.

Definitions of childhood cancers used on this website are derived from the American Childhood Cancer Organization website.

You might like to look at the Paedriatric Integrated Cancer Service (Victoria) for a definition of cancer. Information is available in multiple languages.

We also recommend the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group.

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