Disease Information

Solid Tumor: Carcinoma

Alternate Names: No other names used

What is a carcinoma?

Carcinomasare cancers that form in the skin and the tissues lining or covering organs such as the heart, kidneys and lungs.

The main types of carcinomas seen in children and adolescents include:


How common are carcinomas?


What are the symptoms of carcinoma?


How is carcinoma treated?

Carcinoma treatment varies widely based on the tumor’s type, location, spread (if any) outside the original site and its effect on body functions. Treatment may include the following:


What are the survival rates for carcinomas?

Survival rates vary depending on the type of carcinoma, its location and the length of time before it is found and treated. Five-year survival rates for common carcinomas include:


Why choose St. Jude for your child’s carcinoma treatment?

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