A cancer child can have any type of cancer, but for some reason there seems to be a prevalence among certain types of cancers. Leukemia is a common cancer that afflicts children. A couple varieties of lymphoma are also common. Brain tumors or cancers associated with irregular growths can also develop. Since a child's body begins to grow rapidly at certain times while they are developing, one might tend to wonder if the growth process can spur on cancerous growth. Genetics almost certainly plays a role and it is known that having a family history of any kind of cancer can increase one's risk of contracting it at some point in their lives. Maybe that point in time is not adulthood but childhood, as this is not a predictable factor. Other factors such as exposure to carcinogens or other environmental toxins can also play a role in the development of cancer at any time in the life cycle. But certain cancers, while more prevalent during childhood, can also show up during adulthood. Once a child has been diagnosed with cancer, the danger of a life filled with cancerous battles has begun.
Since a child can have any form of cancer that an adult has, tests should be performed if there is a family history of a certain type and cancer is suspect. A cancer child will have a long battle ahead of them and will be undergoing treatments relative to their specific cancer type, extent of affliction, and their size. For this reason there are doctors and hospitals who specialize in treating a cancer child, as there will be exceptions to their treatment when compared with that of an adult. Children will need special care relevant to their size and hopefully will be cared for in such a way that they will be cured and suffer no ill effects, just be able to look forward to a long and healthy life after remission. Once a cancer child has been diagnosed, though, special cautions need to be taken that the cancer does not return or that a different, second type of cancer appears. This is most certainly a danger. Sometimes a treatment that eradicates the cancer either does damage to the body that is permanent and has to be lived with or will only work one time, so a recurrence means trying to find a different way to battle the cancer. Having cancer can be a frustrating ordeal, though the prognosis in many cases is positive and many times better than in decades past before we had some of the advanced treatment options that we currently have.
Symptoms of specific cancers will vary due to the nature of their manifestation, but there are some general signs that are consistent across type. These include unexplained fatigue, bruising, weight loss, possible headaches, nausea, body pain, infections, unexplained fevers, and vision changes. Any time a child complains of something painful may not mean cancer but a parent should be attuned to changes in their child and take any illness seriously.