Diagnosis and treatment

A diagnosis of childhood cancer in the family can be an overwhelming time and raises many questions. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, most families feel shock and disbelief. The treatment ahead may seem frightening. Many families talk about this experience as “an emotional rollercoaster”. Here you will find information about childhood cancer, diagnosis and treatment, looking after your child and family, as well as tips from families for families.

The information book is a useful resource, developed in partnership with the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital. For a hard copy of this book, ask your treating team.


When treatment begins: two stories of diagnosis and treatment for paediatric cancer is a film where two families discuss their experiences of diagnosis and treatment for childhood cancer.