Signs and Symptoms

 Childhood cancer can be hard to detect and many of the symptoms are common to other less serious conditions. The signs and symptoms included are given as guidance and if you are concerned you should be discuss with the child's GP:

  • Recurring fevers/temperatures with an unknown origin
  • Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite for a period of time
  • Lumps or mass, in abdomen, limbs, chest, neck or head
  • Pain on walking/mobilising, sometimes a limp may occur
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Constant tiredness or lack of energy
  • Eye or vision changes that are persistent or occur suddenly
  • A whitish colour behind the pupil in eye
  • Excessive bruising, bleeding, or rash

(The information on this page is sourced from Paediatric Oncology Resource Centre)

Tests for diagnosis

Urine analysis test called cataklomines, ultra sound scan, computerised tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), MIBG (radioactive sacn) and biopsy.