Managing Childhood Leukemia Pain: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention


This year, about 15,000 parents will learn that their child or teen has cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. For many of these kids the cancer is leukemia, which is the most common type of cancer in this age group.

Thanks to treatment advances, most children with leukemia will go on to live full and healthy lives, says Yale Medicine. But during their treatment, they’ll have to deal with many side effects — including pain.

Seeing your child in pain can be distressing. Know that for every possible cause of childhood leukemia pain, your child’s treatment team has a way to manage it.

Cancer Pain

Children can feel pain from both their cancer and its treatments. The pain can range from mild to severe. It can feel achy, tingly, burning, or sharp, depending on the cause.


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