- Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Recurrence or Progressive Illness
- How should I explain cancer recurrence to my children?
- What is a child’s greatest worry if a parent’s illness progresses?
- What about the “why” questions?
- How might my advancing cancer affect my child’s religious faith?
- How do children react to the thought of a parent’s death?
- Isn’t having a positive attitude important in fighting the cancer?
- How can I help my child when I have so little energy?
- How will I know if my children need extra help?
- Will this experience leave my children with emotional scars?
- To learn more
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Last Medical Review: 07/20/2012
Last Revised: 07/20/2012