Youth Coping With a Family Cancer Diagnosis

NATIONAL LEIOMYOSARCOMA FOUNDATION
Monday, October 17, 2016

Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer

CANCER FAMILIES – PROCESSING A CANCER DIAGNOSIS – TOGETHER:

How can children be told about a parent/family member’s cancer diagnosis?  How will children react to the discussion?

It all depends on how the adults close to them are able to handle the crisis.  There is stress, intense feelings of fear, and uncertainty about what lies ahead.

How do parents continue to prepare their child/children for what lies ahead with treatment and beyond?

Hopefully,  the following resource information can offer guidance and help to answer these important questions:

Additional Assistance Resource Reading: 

Brochures and Fact Sheets:  – 

For children and Teens

  • Cancer Family Care.  WHAT ABOUT ME?  A booklet for Teenage Children of Cancer Patients. 
  • National Cancer Institute.  When Your Parent has Cancer:  A Guide for Teens.
  • American Cancer Society.  It Helps To Have Friends: When Mom or Dad has Cancer.

For Parents

Note: If you are looking for books for adults or children (age 3 – 5), a list of books is available by emailing annie@nlmsf.org for assistance.

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