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Imaging tests produce detailed pictures of soft tissues, organs, and bones inside the body.
In childhood cancer, these images show a tumor’s location. Doctors called radiologists analyze the images and provide detailed descriptions.
Their reports help doctors diagnose and treat childhood cancer. During treatment, imaging shows the medical team how cancer responds to therapy. After treatment, patients have imaging tests as part of follow-up visits to check for any changes.
Reviewed: June 2018
Every diagnosis of childhood cancer is different. But the journey typically begins when a child has signs and symptoms that prompt a parent to take the child to the doctor.
Different pediatric cancers may be treated using methods from observation to a combination of therapies. Learn about ways of treating childhood cancer.
Learn about types of treatment