A Guide To Common Childhood Cancers

Lymphoma

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These types of cancers are cancerous growths in the lymph nodes. The earliest sign of this condition is often swollen lumps at the neck, armpit, groin, or other lymph node sites. Many children have night sweats, fatigue, and itching. Other warning signs may include a cough, fever, or weight loss. Hodgkin lymphomas are the most common type to develop in children, and fortunately, these are very treatable, and roughly ninety percent of all patients with Hodgkin disease survive. There are new methods of treatment that are proving quite effective for these types of cancer. Many patients respond well to immunotherapy, a type of treatment that encourages the body's immune system to fight off cancer. Traditional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation are also effective. Children who get a very high dose of chemotherapy might require a stem cell transplant to replenish stem cells killed by the chemotherapy.

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