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What You Need to Know When You Tell Your Kids about Cancer

Thursday, December 3, 2015

One of the most complex aspects of living with cancer involves talking about cancer with others in our lives., especially when it comes to telling children about a loved one’s cancer diagnosis and treatment. It can be hard to know what to say. What exactly should children be told? What will they understand? What is going through their heads when they hear “cancer” and what are they thinking about everything that comes with it?

It is normal to feel overwhelmed when first diagnosed or beginning treatment, and the last thing you want to deal with is having conversations you may be afraid to have. That said, children often sense that something is amiss, making these conversations inevitable. At the Cancer Support Community, our goal is to help facilitate the conversations by providing background and information to help you know what to say.

Living with Cancer & Raising Teenagers: 5 Questions for Authors Marc & Maya Silver

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tips and insights from the book My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks, an all-encompassing resource for families with teens who are affected by a parent’s cancer.

Parenting with Cancer

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Children facing a parent’s diagnosis can often feel out of place, as it may be difficult for them to relate to other children who are not going through the same issues at home. More than 3 million children currently have a parent diagnosed with cancer, and it is important to address their specific emotional needs.