Talking to kids about cancer
Explaining a diagnosis of cancer to children or teenagers can feel difficult and overwhelming. The information here provides a starting point for having a series of conversations about cancer.
Research shows that being open helps children cope with the cancer diagnosis of someone close to them.
Among the many decisions you need to make will be when, where and how to talk to the children and young people in your life.
Cancer treatment can be challenging for the whole family, but children and young people often manage better when they know what to expect.
For many people, the end of active treatment is a time of relief and celebration, but it can also be a time of mixed emotions.
If cancer comes back or spreads, it can be an emotional and challenging time for everyone, including children.