Big Words

Just like us, words come in all different sizes! Some times it’s hard to remember them all, here’s a list of some you might have heard your family or doctor say, this is what they mean.

Swipe through the pictures to see more words!

Support for Children

Being diagnosed with cancer is big stuff and is probably the biggest thing that has ever happened to you.

We know things are scary right now. Something you never imagined would happen has come into your life and now it feels like you're on board a roller coaster. There are ups and arounds, turns and even a few upside downs and they take you by surprise because you can't always tell what's coming next.

So it's OK to feel sad, frightened and angry and you might feel all of these things and more, all at once, or one at a time. That's normal.

You might be worried about how your diagnosis will affect your family and friends too.

And there are a lot of new words to do with cancer, some you may never have heard before and that can be hard.

The important thing to remember is you are not alone. A lot of people are getting ready to take this journey with you, to help and care for you and support your family as well.

What can i do?

Here are some things you can try - just click on the image and you can download and print out some fun straight away!


About Me Puzzle

Changing Negative Thoughts

Feel Good Messages

Going For Tests

My Anti Worry Kit

What Are You Dreaming Of?

When I'm Feeling Angry

But what is cancer?

Our bodies are made up of cells... billions and billions of them. They all do different jobs and behave in different ways.

Think of a cell as a building block with a set of instructions inside. These instructions tell the cell what to do. Some cells are told to group together and make organs, like our liver. These are Liver Cells. Others are instructed to make bone... and these are called Bone Cells. It’s the same with skin, muscle, our brains... everything!

The cells carry out their instructions by dividing to make exact copies of themselves. This is known as cell division. One cell becomes two, two cells become four, four become eight and so on. This is known as cell reproduction. When we’re young, our cells reproduce quickly because we are growing.

The body contains over 200 different types of cells and usually they all divide and reproduce properly according to their instructions.

But sometimes a cell won't follow all of the instructions and divides "abnormally". This means that it cannot carry out the job of building a healthy body so usually these "abnormal cells" will self-destruct.

But sometimes they don't. They keep dividing, making more copies of themselves and this is called cancer. Because there are over 200 different cell types, there are over 200 different forms of cancer.

Billions of copies of the abnormal cell can group together to form a solid lump and this is called a tumour.

Tumours grow in parts of the body where they are not wanted, like on the bone or in the brain and sometimes, cells can break away from the tumour and start growing in another part of the body. This is known as a secondary tumour.

Your blood is made up of cells too. Sometimes a faulty cell can reproduce and become a cancer of the blood. These are called leukaemias or lymphomas.