The initial signs can show up in a number of different forms—a mysterious lump on the neck, unexplained weight loss, fevers, fatigue, pain—but the diagnosis always hits like a sledgehammer. Your child has cancer.
Amidst your feelings of fear and desperation comes a strong parental instinct to protect and a steely resolve to do everything possible to make your child whole again. Fortunately, you have options. Cancer treatments for children have come a long way in the last 20 years with new breakthroughs happening all of the time. First you must grapple with the key question of what facility is best qualified to treat your child.
To answer that question, you need to know that pediatric cancers behave very differently from adult cancers. Children are not simply smaller adults — their developing bodies and brains respond differently to treatment from the ways an adult responds. What’s more, pediatric cancers can…
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