Life after children's cancer

Many children live long, normal lives after their cancer treatment ends. However, it might take some time for things to go back to normal after your child finishes their treatment. There are many emotions still to deal with, and follow-up testing will be needed. It may also be difficult for the other members of your family to readjust.

It is important to realise that ‘normal’ will change in some ways. Depending on the cancer and the types of treatment your child had, it might not be possible for things to go back to exactly the way they were before your child was diagnosed. Also, your child will be considered a cancer survivor and will undergo long-term monitoring. These things will form a ‘new normal’ for you and your family, and this section will help you become aware of this and how to deal with it.

The Living with children’s cancer section has information about dealing with emotions for everyone involved. Some of this information is also useful after treatment ends.

After treatment

You will probably have many questions about what will happen and what to do when your child's cancer treatment finishes. Here are some common questions to ask your child's doctor.

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Emotional wellbeing

A diagnosis of cancer and the experience of treatment can affect the mental health and emotional wellbeing of the whole family. This section has specific guidance and advice for you, your child and other members of your family.

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Will the cancer come back?

Your child will be monitored after treatment for any signs of the cancer returning. This section may help to deal with some of the anxieties and concerns you feel during your child's follow-up.

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Long-term follow-up and issues

Cancer and its treatment can affect people long after the treatment has finished. This section gives information on some of the 'late effects' that can result from cancer treatments.

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References

List of references used in Life after children's cancer.

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published: Sunday, 23 August, 2015