Common types of childhood and adolescent cancers are different from those seen in adults. Read more about specific types of children’s cancers.
Support information and services
There are many supports available for children/adolescents with cancer and their families. The below offer a wide range of information and services depending on your and your family’s needs.
Redkite help children and young people (24 and under) from diagnosis, throughout treatment, and after treatment ends. Supports include financial assistance, counselling and support groups.
Canteen provide young people with a counselling service to help work out what type of support they need, then work with them get that support.
Connect with other young people through forums, blogs and videos.
The Ronald McDonald Houses are attached to major women’s or children’s hospitals and provide a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families.
Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
Youth Beyond Blue provide information about anxiety, depression and suicide to young people in Australia aged 12–25.
Camp Quality helps build optimism and resilience for kids impacted by cancer and their families.
The Children’s Cancer Foundation supports families throughout a child’s cancer treatment. They fund hospital employees, such as the Family Resource Coordinators at The Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital, to help parents navigate the overwhelming world of treatment.
The ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service provides a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals who work alongside cancer specialists to ensure all aspects of a young person’s health and wellbeing are given attention both during treatment and in the years beyond.