Haematological malignancies and children

Paediatric cancer is considered, in general, a rare illness. Between 1% and 3% of all cancer cases affect children. In Spain, about 1,200 children are diagnosed with cancer every year.

Around 50% of the children younger than 15 who suffer from cancer have leukaemia or lymphoma. The other 50% has different tumours such as osteosarcoma, Wilms' Tumour, brain tumours, Ewing Sarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma or retinoblastoma.

In the case of haematological malignancies, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia is the most common neoplasia, being the most frequent cancer. Nevertheless, it is not the only way leukaemia affects children. There are also other types of leukaemia much less common suck as Paediatric Acute Myeloid Leukaemia or Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukaemia (JMML).

Regarding lymphomas, they are divided in two large groups: Non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas and Hodgkin's Lymphoma. This last one is the most common of the paediatric lymphatic neoplasias.

In the last years, the treatment for paediatric cancer has improved patients' survival rates significantly. Although it is still the second cause of mortality in children, today, 75% of the cases can be cured.

In all cases, behind a paediatric cancer diagnosis there is a family who is put in an unexpected and traumatic situation. This diagnosis represents a destabilizing element inside the family and it can affect the child and the family in several ways: economic (for example, the abandonment of work of one of the parents), organization (for example, the frequent displacements or the reorganization of the family members' activities), affective (for example, taking care of the rest of the children), etc.

In this section we want to offer as much information as possible (from our entity and from other associations) so that the child and his surrounding (family, professors, friends...) can handle the situation better and with quality information.

General information resources about paediatric cancer / haematological malignancies in children

Information for children and/or teenage cancer patients

Information resources for parents and families of kids and teenagers with cancer

Other resources

If you want to read the testimonies of patients that have suffered an haematological malignancy, visit the "The plans of patients" section.

Webpage updated 08/24/2016 12:04:27