Emotional wellbeing

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A diagnosis of cancer can affect the mental health and emotional wellbeing of you, your family and friends, and the child with cancer.

It is common for families to experience emotional difficulties, and a variety of support groups can help you and your family deal with these issues. It is important to remember that you are not alone and help is always available. Never hesitate to contact the cancer clinic or a health professional for advice on how to deal with problems and feelings.

Each child and family is different and will respond to the situation in different ways. This also means that there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to deal with emotional issues – you should do whatever works for you and your family.

For you

As a parent or carer, you will, of course, feel happy and relieved once the treatment ends, but you may feel some unexpected emotions, such as fear, anxiety and stress.

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For your child who had cancer

Many cancer survivors – including children – are changed by their experience.

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For your other children

If you have other children, they might have mixed emotions about their brother or sister's experience with cancer.

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For your whole family

Going through cancer treatment can affect the mental health of you, your family and friends, and your child with cancer.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder

For information on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - an anxiety disorder that can occur after serious physical injury, or mental or emotional distress.

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published: Sunday, 23 August, 2015