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Diagnosis of cancer in a child is a very difficult time for the child, their family and their friends. You might feel overwhelmed, scared, anxious or angry. These are all normal feelings. It is very important to seek support from family, friends, health professionals or other services to help you, your child and your family cope with cancer.

Talk to your child’s treatment team if you are having difficulties coping.

Living with children’s cancer has information about physical, emotional and practical issues during and after diagnosis and treatment. There is also a page with helpful links on where to find support.

The Cancer Council in your state or territory can give you general information about cancer, as well as information on resources and support groups in your local area. Call the Cancer Council Helpline from anywhere in Australia for the cost of a local call on 13 11 20.

For additional specific information about childhood cancer, contact any of the major children’s hospitals and networks in your state or territory.

published: Sunday, 23 August, 2015