Find information to help parents and loved ones of a child with cancer know about and cope with some of the problems that come up just after the child is diagnosed.
All parents seem to feel shock, disbelief, fear, guilt, sadness, anxiety, and anger. In this situation, just about any feelings could be considered normal for parents and other family members.
Children and teenagers often respond to news of a cancer diagnosis with a range of emotions that reflect those of their parents. The child’s age, development, and personality also affect their responses.
Brothers and sisters have their own fears. Sometimes they’re afraid that they might get cancer, too. They may pick up on parents’ anxiety and not understand what’s going on – they may not be sure what cancer is but they know it’s bad.
When you talk with children and teens about their cancer diagnosis, they may ask if they are going to die. Not all children will ask directly. Here are some things you can say to help.