Lymphoma in children and young people

This section is about lymphoma in children and young people (up to 24 years old). It is intended for parents and carers of children with lymphoma, and teenagers and young adults with lymphoma.

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About lymphoma in children and young people

Information for young people

Information for parents and carers

Further information and support

About lymphoma in children and young people

Lymphomas are the most common cancers in teenagers and young adults (15 to 24 years old) and the third most common group of cancers in childhood (0 to 14 years old), after leukaemia and brain and other central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) tumours.

Every year in the UK, more than 160 children and more than 500 teenagers and young people develop lymphoma.

Certain types of lymphoma are more common in children and young people than in older adults. Children and young people also have different needs from older adults. It is important to remember that treatment for lymphoma in children and young people is usually successful and most people lead a full life after lymphoma. 

You do not have to carry the weight of a lymphoma diagnosis on your own. There are many people and organisations that can support you through this difficult time.

Don’t be afraid to ask your medical team for help if you are worried or to ask questions if you don’t understand something.

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Information for young people

If you are a young person (up to 24 years old) with lymphoma or waiting for a diagnosis, find out more about lymphoma and how it is diagnosed and treated. You can also read our page of practical advice to learn what to expect and what you can do to help yourself through this time:

We also produce an award-winning Young person’s guide to lymphoma. This booklet is designed and illustrated for young people (teens and young adults) affected by lymphoma. You can read this on our website or order a printed copy free of charge.

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Information for parents and carers

If you are a parent or carer of a child (under 18) with lymphoma, find out more about lymphoma and what to expect through diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Read practical advice to help you understand what happens next and to help you support your child:

Our storybook, Tom has lymphoma, is written and illustrated for younger children (primary school-aged). It is designed for you to read together to help your child understand what lymphoma is and the treatment it involves. Download the storybook or order a printed copy free of charge.

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Further information and support

Our Information and Support team are always happy to discuss anything that is concerning you. Call our Helpline freephone on 0808 808 5555, Live Chat on our website or email information@lymphoma-action.org.uk

Our list of organisations includes many who offer information and support specifically for children and young people with lymphoma, and their families. 

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Further reading

Related content

Young Person's playlist

Our YouTube channel has a dedicated playlist where you can hear young people with lymphoma talk about their experiences.