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.