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Cancer Center for Teens

  • Blood

    Find out about the mysterious, life-sustaining fluid called blood.

  • Bones, Muscles, and Joints

    Our bones, muscles, and joints form our musculoskeletal system and enable us to do everyday physical activities.

  • Digestive System

    Most people think digestion begins when you first put food in your mouth. But the digestive process actually starts even before the food hits your taste buds.

  • Endocrine System

    The endocrine system influences almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies. It is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, metabolism, and sexual function, among other things.

  • Eyes

    Although your eyes are small, their structure is incredibly complex. Find out how they work in this body basics article.

  • Female Reproductive System

    Why do girls get periods? What goes on when a woman gets pregnant? What can go wrong with the female reproductive system? Find the answers to these questions and more in this article for teens.

  • Genes and Genetics

    Genes play an important role in how we look and act, and even in whether we get sick. This article gives the lowdown on genes, genetic disorders, and new research into gene therapy.

  • Heart and Circulatory System

    The heart and circulatory system (also called the cardiovascular system) make up the network that delivers blood to the body's tissues.

  • Immune System

    The immune system is made up of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs that defend people against germs and microorganisms.

  • Kidneys and Urinary Tract

    The kidneys perform several functions that are essential to health, the most important of which are to filter blood and produce urine.

  • Lungs and Respiratory System

    Each day you breathe about 20,000 times. Find out more about the lungs and breathing process.

  • Male Reproductive System

    What makes up a guy's reproductive system and how does it develop? Find the answers to these questions and more.

  • Metabolism

    Your body gets the energy it needs from food through a process called metabolism. Get all the facts on metabolism in this article.

  • Mouth and Teeth

    Did you know that your mouth is the first step in the body's digestive process? Or that the mouth and teeth are essential for speech? Learn about the many roles your mouth and teeth play.

  • Skin, Hair, and Nails

    Our skin protects the network of tissues, muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and everything else inside our bodies. Hair and nails are actually modified types of skin.

  • Spleen and Lymphatic System

    The lymphatic system is an extensive drainage network that helps keep bodily fluid levels in balance and defends the body against infections.

  • Anemia

    Anemia is common in teens because they undergo rapid growth spurts, when the body needs more nutrients like iron. Learn about anemia and how it's treated.

  • Balancing Schoolwork and Hospital Stays

    Every student finds it hard to stay on top of schoolwork sometimes. So what happens when you have to miss a lot of school? This article for teens offers tips and advice.

  • Cancer Basics

    Get the basics on cancer and cancer treatments in this article.

  • Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy (chemo) is treatment with medicines that stop the growth of cancer cells. Find out how chemo works and what to expect when getting treatment.

  • Dealing With Cancer

    It's unusual for teens to have cancer, but it can happen. The good news is that most will survive and return to their everyday lives. Learn about how to cope if you or someone you know has cancer.

  • Melanoma

    Melanoma is different from other skin cancers because it can spread if it's not caught early. Find out how to lower your risk of getting melanoma and how doctors treat it.

  • Radiation Therapy

    More than half of all people with cancer are treated with radiation therapy. Get the facts on radiation therapy, including what it is, what to expect, and how to cope with side effects.

  • Side Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation

    Side effects of cancer treatment can include flu-like symptoms, hair loss, and blood clotting problems. After treatment ends, most side effects go away.

  • Thrombocytopenia

    Thrombocytopenia is when someone has too few platelets in their bloodstream. Many things can cause it and most can be treated.

  • Blood Types

    Blood might look the same and do the same job, but tiny cell markers mean one person's body can reject another person's blood. Find out how blood types work in this article for teens.

  • Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy (chemo) is treatment with medicines that stop the growth of cancer cells. Find out how chemo works and what to expect when getting treatment.

  • How to Do a Testicular Self-Exam (Slideshow)

    The testicular self-examination (TSE) is an easy way for guys to check their own testicles to make sure there aren't any unusual lumps or bumps - which are usually the first sign of testicular cancer.

  • How to Fill a Prescription

    Taking responsibility for your own health care means understanding things like prescriptions. Read our tips for teens on filling a prescription.

  • Indoor Tanning

    Tanning beds are no safer than the sun -- and may be even more dangerous. Read this article to get the details, and to find out what is safe when it comes to getting that golden glow.

  • Radiation Therapy

    More than half of all people with cancer are treated with radiation therapy. Get the facts on radiation therapy, including what it is, what to expect, and how to cope with side effects.

  • Refilling a Prescription

    Tips and advice for teens on refilling a prescription.

  • Side Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation

    Side effects of cancer treatment can include flu-like symptoms, hair loss, and blood clotting problems. After treatment ends, most side effects go away.

  • Stem Cell Transplants

    Stem cells can develop into cells with different skills, so they're useful in treating diseases like cancer.

  • Steroids and Cancer Treatment

    If your doctor prescribed steroids as part of your treatment for an illness, don't worry. It's not the illegal, doping scandal kind of steroid. Get the details in this article for teens.

  • Tanning

    The sun can do a lot more than just give you a warm summer glow. Get the facts on sun and skin damage - and what you can do to protect yourself and still look tan.

  • What's It Like to Have Surgery?

    Knowing what to expect with surgery before you get to the hospital can make you less anxious about your surgical experience - and less stress helps a person recover faster.

  • Body Image and Self-Esteem

    When your body changes, so can your image of yourself. Find out how your body image affects your self-esteem and what you can do.

  • Can I Have Children After Cancer Treatments?

    When chemotherapy and other treatments attack cancer cells, they can affect some of the body's healthy cells too. As a teen, you'll want to know what this can mean to your fertility.

  • Cancer: Readjusting to Home and School

    If you've just finished a long hospital stay, you may have questions about reconnecting with friends and family. Get answers in this article for teens.

  • Dealing With Anger

    Do you wonder why you fly off the handle so easily sometimes? Do you wish you knew healthier ways to express yourself when you're steamed? Check out this article for help with dealing with anger.

  • Dealing With Cancer

    It's unusual for teens to have cancer, but it can happen. The good news is that most will survive and return to their everyday lives. Learn about how to cope if you or someone you know has cancer.

  • Fears and Phobias

    Fear is a normal human reaction that protects us by signaling danger and preparing us to deal with it. Get the facts about fears and phobias and what causes them.

  • Motivation and the Power of Not Giving Up

    Everyone struggles with staying motivated and reaching their goals. Just look at how many people diet, lose weight, and then gain it back again. But it's still possible to stay motivated if you take the right approach.

  • My Friend Has Cancer. How Can I Help?

    It's hard to know how to respond when someone you love — someone your own age — is diagnosed with cancer. Here are some thoughts on dealing with feelings and helping your friend.

  • Why Am I in Such a Bad Mood?

    Because of all the changes taking place in your life, you may feel like you're on an emotional roller coaster. Find out more about bad moods and why you have them.

  • Blood Test: Basic Metabolic Panel

    A basic metabolic panel (BMP) is a group of blood tests that provide doctors with clues about how the body is working. Find out why doctors do this and what's involved for teens.

  • Blood Test: Complete Blood Count

    This common blood test helps doctors gather information about a person's blood cells and how they're working. Find out why doctors do this test and what's involved for teens.

  • Blood Test: Comprehensive Metabolic Panel

    This group of blood tests provides doctors with clues about how the body is working. Find out why doctors do these tests and what's involved for teens.

  • Blood Test: Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)

    This test measures the speed at which red blood cells fall to the bottom of an upright glass test tube. Find out why doctors do it and what's involved for teens.

  • Blood Test: Liver Function Tests

    If your liver isn't working properly, it can affect your overall health. Find out why doctors do liver function tests and what's involved for teens.

  • Blood Test: Magnesium

    A magnesium test looks at levels of the mineral magnesium in a person's blood. Find out why doctors do this test and what's involved for teens.

  • Blood Test: Phosphorus

    A phosphorus test looks at levels of phosphorus in a person's blood. Find out why doctors do this test and what's involved for teens.

  • Gyn Checkups

    Girls should get their first gynecological checkup between ages 13 and 15. Find out what happens during a yearly gyn visit -- and why most girls don't get internal exams.

  • How to Do a Testicular Self-Exam (Slideshow)

    The testicular self-examination (TSE) is an easy way for guys to check their own testicles to make sure there aren't any unusual lumps or bumps - which are usually the first sign of testicular cancer.

  • Medical Tests: What to Expect (Video)

    Need to get a blood test? An MRI? These videos show what happens in 10 of the most common medical tests.

  • Pap Smears

    A Pap smear is a medical test that helps doctors figure out if there are any problems with a girl's cervix. Find out what happens during a Pap smear.

  • Testicular Exams

    If you're a guy, you may be wondering why the doctor needs to do a testicular exam. Find out in this article.

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