Children & Young Adults

Lymphoma affects people of all ages, including children and young people. In Australia;

  • Lymphoma is the 3rd most common cancer in children and adolescents aged 0 – 14 years.
  • Lymphoma is the most common cancer in adolescents and young people aged 15-25 years.
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There are certain subtypes of lymphoma that are more common in younger people and other subtypes that are more common in older people. The protocols that are used in paediatric (children’s hospital) are different to those administered in adult hospitals.

Young people aged 15-18 years can be referred by their GP to either a paediatric hospital or an adult hospital. They often fall between the gaps of two different healthcare systems, receive different treatments and there are not enough clinical trials available for young people.

Children, adolescents and young people not only have different clinical needs, they also have different psychosocial and health needs than adults. This is why we are discussing children, adolescents and young people with lymphoma in a different section.

Children, adolescents and young people also involve the care, support and decision making by family members and carers. For this reason, it is important that if you are a caregiver of a young person that you know where to get information and support too.

To find out more information about what is relevant to you, go to the following sections:

In this section we will discuss:

  • Lymphoma that are most common in children
    • Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Who is affected?
  • Treatments for lymphoma
  • Prognosis

Lymphoma in young people

In this section we will discuss:

  • Lymphomas that are most common in young people
    • Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Who is affected?
  • Young people who are referred to a paediatric hospital vs adult hospital
  • Treatments for lymphoma

Practical advice for young people

If you are a young person diagnosed with lymphoma, we understand that this is a time in life where there are a lot of changes going on in life and a lymphoma diagnosis can affect future health and plans. In this section we provide and discuss:

  • Practical advice for young people with lymphoma
  • Where to find more information and support during and after treatment
  • Long term health, wellbeing and psychosocial needs

Practical advice for parents and caregivers

If you are a parent or carer of a child who has been diagnosed with lymphoma, then you should know that having a child diagnosed with lymphoma can be a very stressful and emotional experience. In this section we will discuss:

  • How to support your child
  • Where to find support and more information
  • Emotional support for you

Stories of hope - hear from patients

Further information

For parent support and to connect with other parents, visit the dedicated site by Canteen Australia and Camp Quality: Parenting Through Cancer 

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