Making decisions about treatment

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Once you find out your child has cancer, you will need to make decisions about their treatment. Your doctor will help you do this by explaining the treatment options and answering your questions.

The type of treatment your child will receive for their cancer will depend on a number of things including the type of cancer they have. Other factors such as location, extent and laboratory test results will also be taken into account.

You will have to give informed consent about which treatments your child will get. This means that your doctor will tell you about:

  • the possible treatments for your child
  • chances of success
  • risks and side effects. 

Based on the doctor’s recommendations you then decide which treatment option.

If your child is old enough, it’s a good idea to explain the therapy to them. It is important to give them the opportunity to have a say in which treatments they receive.
 
Also see How is cancer treated?