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.