Continued, unexplained weight loss
Headaches, often with vomiting - early night/early morning
Increased swelling or pain in bones, joints, back, legs
Lump/mass in abdomen, neck, chest, pelvis, armpits
Development of excessive bruising, bleeding, rash

Constant infections
A whitish colour behind the pupil
Nausea which persists or vomiting without nausea
Constant tiredness or noticeable paleness
Eye or vision changes - occur suddenly and persists
Recurrent fevers of unknown origin

Should you have any concerns about your child showing symptoms, seek medical help immediately. Children with cancer need to receive the right treatment preferably in a paediatric oncology unit.

Get to Know the Facts of Childhood Cancer (under 15 years)

  • Cancer is not contagious or infectious
  • Most childhood cancers can be treated more successfully if detected early
  • Recent studies show that childhood cancers are caused by genetic & environmental factors
  • Leukaemia (a type of blood cancer) is the most prevalent cancer for
  • Childhood cancers include cancer of the blood as well as that of the connective tissue, nerves, liver, kidney, muscle & skeleton
  • Treatment causes a suppressed immunity in children with cancer that may lead to long periods of absence from school
  • Children have a right to a smoke-free world - inhalation of second hand smoke and third hand smoke (nicotine residue known as cotinine) is harmful
  • The smoking of cigarettes and tobacco water pipes (hubbly bubbly) is especially harmful to children

CANSA Tough Living with Cancer (TLC)

No child or family should have to face cancer on their own CANSA's TLC programme is dedicated to providing tangible love, care and support to help children and families affected, cope with the effects of cancer.


  • Parents in need of support are invited to join a TLC Support Group or help establish one. For more information contact
  • Share your story of HOPE via Parents can join the TLC Facebook group to share with others
  • Teens with or affected by cancer - join the 'Teens living with Cancer' Facebook Group
  • Contact your nearest CANSA Care Centre to find out regarding TLC in your area, or call toll-free on 0800 22 66 22 or email us at

Imagine a world without cancer. CANSA strives to create such a world for you, your loved ones, and your community in the fight against cancer. Funds raised through Cuppa For CANSA will be used for our wide-reaching health programme that includes: education campaigns; CANSA Care Centres that offer stoma support; medical equipment hire; toll-free line and support to children and their families affected by cancer; patient care and support in the form of 12 CANSA Care Homes for out-of-town cancer patients In the main metropolitan areas; a hospitium based in Polokwane as well as a CANSA-TLC Lodge in Pretoria and a CANSA TLC Paediatric Oncology Ward in Limpopo with live-in facilities for parents/guardians of children treated for cancer. Read more about how CANSA fights cancer in your community - visit or call CANSA toll-free 0800 22 66 22, or email: Follow CANSA on Twitter and join CANSA on Facebook and on Pinterest.

For more information on how to make your Cuppa memorable and fun, contact your nearest CANSA Care Centre or call CANSA toll-free on 0800 22 66 22 or email or visit

Share your story of Hope or Cuppa event (and photos) with us and send to and we'll share it with fellow cancer survivors to help strengthen their hope.