Childhood Cancer FAQ
No. Cancer is not contagious. Cancer cannot be spread from one child to another. Children suffering from cancer are patients with low immunity and are vulnerable to infections.
Their baldness is temporary. Child cancer patients lose their hair because of the side effects of chemotherapy. Their hair will grow back after treatment.
No. Over 90% of the cancers in children occur spontaneously with unknown causes.
No. Most childhood cancers are curable.
No. Not all tumours are cancerous. Tumours can be benign and malignant. Malignant tumours are cancers.
Preventive measures are limited as there is nothing a child can do to induce cancer.
No. There is no scientific evidence on this.
There is a variety of treatment approaches in the cure of different kinds of childhood cancer. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and haemopoietic stem cell transplant are the commonly used treatment approaches.
No. Haemopoietic stem cell transplant is the transplant of blood stem cells derived from the bone marrow or blood. It includes three types of transplant, namely bone marrow transplant, peripheral blood stem cell transplant and umbilical cord blood transplant.