Your child will need to have some tests if your doctor thinks they may have cancer.
A bone marrow aspirate is a test to see if blood cells in your child's bone marrow are healthy. The test will also show whether cancer cells have spread to the bone marrow from another part of the body.
Your child's healthcare team will order regular blood tests to check for a low blood count and to know when it is safe to give the next dose of chemotherapy.
A biopsy is a test where a doctor takes a piece of tissue out of the body to check for cancer cells.
A lumbar puncture is a procedure to collect and look at the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
There are many different types of medicines to help reduce your child's pain and anxiety during tests and procedures for cancer.
If your child has cancer they may need some tests to find out how well their organs are working.
There are many ways to help reduce your child's anxiety and distress during tests and procedures for cancer.
X-rays and scans take pictures of various parts of the body. Bones show up most clearly but you can also see other tissues.
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