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Pediatric Cancer

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is scary at any age, but a diagnosis of childhood cancer can be especially concerning for both child and parent. If your child has been diagnosed with cancer, know that you are not alone. At Banner Children’s, our pediatric cancer specialists are here to bring hope and healing while providing compassionate and expert care to children of all ages. We are ready to answer your questions and help guide your family through this journey. Banner Children’s has created a patient-centric care approach, which means we treat your child, not just their illness. Our expert team has the specialized training and knowledge to provide exemplary care for the person who matters most: your child.

What Is Pediatric Cancer?

Pediatric, or childhood, cancer can occur in children, adolescents and young adults. Childhood cancers differ from cancer in adults because many adult cancers are linked to lifestyle and environmental factors that have occurred over many years.

What Causes Childhood Cancer?

Childhood cancer may be caused by changes in genes, environment or exposure to radiation. Because it is often difficult to attribute childhood cancer to a specific and direct cause, it’s important to understand that childhood cancer cannot be prevented.

Common Childhood Cancers

Cancers that occur most often in children are different from those seen in adults. The most common childhood cancers include blood disorders such as leukemia and lymphoma, as well as other cancers such as brain and spinal cord tumors.

Learn more about the most common pediatric cancers.

Pediatric Cancer Detection and Diagnosis

If your pediatrician suspects your child has cancer, they will likely refer you to a pediatric oncologist. A pediatric oncologist is a doctor who is trained to detect, diagnose and treat cancer in children. Your pediatric oncologist will help screen your child for pediatric cancer symptoms and evaluate your child to determine next steps.

Learn more about detection and diagnosis

Pediatric Cancer Treatment Options

Our compassionate and comprehensive care team is committed to family-centered care and is ready to partner with you in developing a tailored treatment plan, specific to your child’s condition and needs. Treatment options may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, bone marrow transplant and more. Our expert pediatric oncologists will walk you through all your child’s treatment options to ensure you are involved and empowered to help consider the next steps in care.

Learn more about treatment options


If your child has cancer, our team will help you navigate through this difficult journey. We will help you fully understand some of the terms associated with your child’s diagnosis and treatment and answer any questions you have.

Learn more about terminology related to pediatric cancer and frequently asked questions

Care for Your Child

Whether your child is diagnosed with a blood disorder {Link} or pediatric cancer, we treat all children with respect, compassion and care. As a patient, your child becomes part of the Banner Children’s family.

Learn more about how the Banner Children’s team cares for your child

Where Can I Find Cancer Care for My Child?

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In addition to our treatment and care options, Banner Health offers a variety of support groups to help you, your child and the rest of your family navigate this challenging journey.

Our goal is to help your child beat pediatric cancer and our team never forgets your child is not only a patient, but also a kid.