- Children Diagnosed With Cancer: Dealing With Diagnosis
- When a child has cancer, it’s a crisis for the whole family.
- How do parents usually react to a child’s cancer diagnosis?
- Ways to improve coping
- How can parents be sure their child gets the best treatment?
- What if parents want a second opinion?
- How do children with cancer and their siblings react to a cancer diagnosis?
- What helps kids with cancer and their brothers and sisters?
- Keeping up with schoolwork during a child’s illness
- Will the child and family ever return to normal after a cancer diagnosis?
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Children Diagnosed With Cancer: Dealing With Diagnosis
When a child or teen is diagnosed with cancer, families and parents will face and need to cope with many problems. Here we offer ideas for coping and moving forward after your child’s diagnosis. This is one in a series of documents for parents and loved ones of a child with cancer. The other pieces cover issues like returning to school, dealing with the health care system, and financial and insurance matters.
There are many kinds of families today. Single-parent families and blended families are common. There also might be trusted adults other than parents who are part of the daily lives of children, serving in parent and caregiver roles. A trusted adult who is involved in the daily life of the child with cancer (or the child’s siblings) can be greatly affected by the child’s cancer, too, and may be key to the family’s coping with it. When we use the word parent, it may also refer to one of these caregivers.
Last Medical Review: 09/22/2014
Last Revised: 10/09/2014