Cancer in children is not the same as cancer in adults.

Treat children as children – our campaign to bring to your attention the serious differences between cancer in children and cancer in adults.

Children’s cancers are very different from adult cancers. They occur in different parts of the body, they’re different at a molecular level and they respond differently to treatment.

The impact of treatment and the long term side effects experienced by survivors of childhood cancer are also very different. Specialised childhood cancer research is vital to improving survival rates and the quality of survival. Therefore we need more treatment options for cancer in children. We urgently need kinder and safer treatments, specifically tailored to treat children without damaging their growing bodies.

When dealing with cancer, a child with cancer may have to grow up more quickly and miss out on their childhood as they face the realities of having cancer. The whole process of dealing with a cancer diagnosis can seem utterly terrifying and incredibly isolating. During cancer treatment, it’s important that children hold onto their childhood – we must continue to treat children as a children as much as possible throughout their whole cancer journey.

Felix tells us what it's like to have cancer when you're 10 years old

Felix was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) when he was just 10 years old.

Felix is now 15 and he tells us what being a child with cancer was like for him. He tells us what he missed during those years of treatment and what helped to get him through.

Read Felix’s story

Louis tells us what it's like to have cancer when you're just 19 months old

Louis was just 19 months old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in September 2009. Louis is now 13 years old and in his own words he tells us his childhood cancer journey, the things he would have changed if he could, new cancer terms he had to learn and why children should be treated as children with specialised childhood cancer research.
Read Louis’ story

How you can get involved

Share Felix’s video on your FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn pages and help raise more awareness of the serious differences between cancer in children and cancer in adults and the importance of treating children as children.

Our survey: have you or your child been diagnosed with childhood cancer?

If you took part in our survey, thank you.  You may be helping to make important changes for children in the future. We want to shine a spotlight on how childhood cancer affects someone’s childhood.

We’ll tell you the results of our survey in early July.

How Darren felt when he was told he had cancer

Darren was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was 11 years old. Now in his 30s, Darren tells us how this has affected his life:

You see, when I was 11 I was told I had leukaemia. I remember that the first words out of my mouth when I was told were simply “I am going to die”…

…Some of the medication was absolutely disgusting, to the point of child cruelty…

… The nurses were there for the times I felt sad and needed reassurance and a pep talk before downing another vile pot of liquid…

…The doctors treated me like an adult, sat with me on their rounds and explained everything that was happening, both now and in the future. They treated me not as a young boy who would not understand but as a cancer patient – who deserved the right to be told everything that was going on with his body…

Read Darren’s blog

Treating children differently from adults

Bringing back childhood fun

You’re helping us to provide fun outings for children with cancer and their families. For the moment these are virtual events and parties, but we’re looking forward to having some ‘actual’ outings in the not too distant future.