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Living with children's cancer

This section of the website provides some general advice about feelings and emotions for children, parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, other relatives, friends and schools.

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the news will inevitably be very distressing for the child concerned, their parents and other family members, and their friends and community. Each person will be trying to deal with their own feelings, which can include shock, fear, anger, sadness and disbelief.

Many children with cancer can be cured, but the treatments can be painful and have unpleasant side effects. Children need a lot of care and support to stay positive. The treatment team will use a range of strategies to reduce the pain. Loving and supportive care from family, friends and carers also helps the child to stay strong and cope with what is happening to them, both physically and psychologically.

For parents

A diagnosis of children's cancer marks the beginning of a journey full of emotional, psychological, physical and practical challenges.

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For brothers and sisters you have a brother or sister who has been diagnosed with cancer, this information maybe helpful for you.  It includes links to other resources developed specifically to help siblings cope with cancer in their family.

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For grandparents and other relatives

If you have just found out that your grandchild, niece, nephew or other close family relative has cancer, this news can be difficult to come to terms with.  Find out what you can do and how you can help.

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For friends

The effects of a child having cancer also extend to the wider community of friends, neighbours, and other people in contact with the child and their family. Everyone involved needs the right information to support them through this difficult time.

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For schools and school communities

Your child may need to miss school during treatment for cancer. This section descibes how your child can stay connected, and has information for teachers, the school community and your wider circle of friends.

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published: Sunday, 23 August, 2015