Cancer Treatment

Cancer Treatment

There are 3 types of treatment commonly used to manage cancer in tamariki (children). They are chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy.


What are the different types of treatment for childhood cancer?

There are 3 main types of treatment for cancer in tamariki:

Once your child's cancer doctor establishes what kind of cancer your child has, they will decide the type of treatment that your child needs. They will discuss this with you. The doctors will base their decisions on research findings on the most effective treatment for your child's particular type of cancer.

Your child may receive 1 or a combination of the 3 main types of treatment at different times in their therapy.

Read more about childhood cancer treatments

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All the pages in the childhood cancer section of this website have been written by health professionals who work in the field of paediatric oncology. They have been reviewed by the members of the National Child Cancer Network (NZ). Medical information is authorised by the clinical leader of the National Child Cancer Network.

This page last reviewed 13 May 2021.

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