The Youngest Cancer Patients

News — By on January 25, 2010 at 7:22 am

New parents lose a lot of sleep worrying about their newborn’s adjustments to this world, but some parents have more serious concerns—like coping with the dismay of finding out that their baby has cancer.

In fact, about 10% of all cancers to strike children under the age of 15 are diagnosed in infants one year old or younger. Infants get the same types of cancer that tend to develop in older children and adolescents—acute leukemias and tumors of the brain, nervous system, lymphatic system, kidneys, bones, and muscles—but the prognosis, behavior, and treatment of these cancers in infants can be very different.

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