Year: 2008

Teenagers: Should I share my fears?

It’s important to be honest with teenagers about your fears and worries. That’s because teenagers are smart: Even if you don’t tell them what you’re worried about, at some point they’ll figure it out. The following guidelines can help as you share some of your fears: Talk about your fears in a way that causes… Read more »

Teenagers: How much to say about cancer?

Now that you’ve decided to talk with your teen honestly about your cancer, you may be worried about how much information to give them. Teens can tell you openly how much detail they want to know: Ask them before you start talking. Teenagers have plenty of access to the Internet and to other sources of… Read more »

School-age children: When is it time to talk about cancer?

Your children need to be told that you have cancer, but you’ve been waiting for the right time to do it. There’s never a “perfect” time, though, to give this kind of news to children who are between 6 and 12 years old. The following guidelines might help. Good times to talk When it comes… Read more »

School-age children: Should I share my fears?

It’s important to be honest with children between the ages of six and twelve, because they can be good at figuring out how a parent feels. But it’s also important to show your feelings in a way that gives them the least amount of worry. Try not to lean on your children as your main… Read more »

School-age children: How to talk with them about pain

School-age children are very good at figuring out how their parents are feeling. They can also understand when a parent is in pain. Let your children know if pain is keeping you from your daily routines, or if it’s affecting your mood or your overall well-being. Talking about your pain It’s important to be honest… Read more »

School-age children: How should they be involved in my care?

How much your 6- to 12-year-old children should help in taking care of you at home depends on their ages and your relationship with them. School-age children can help, even though they might complain about it. How they can provide care Use these guidelines when figuring out how to involve your children in your at-home… Read more »

How to talk with my teenager about pain

Teenagers will sense and understand when you’re in pain, so it’s important to be honest with them about your experience. Talking about pain Teenagers understand medical facts, so you can be honest with them about what’s happening. You might tell your teenager, “My blood counts are down and I feel very tired today.” Have an… Read more »

How involved should my teenagers be in my care?

In general, children like to help their parents. When it comes to caring for you at home, though, how much should your teenagers be expected to help? The answer depends on the age of your teens, and on your relationship with them. Deciding to involve your teenagers Teenagers can and will help, even though they… Read more »

Do I tell my school-age children that I could die?

Most people who are diagnosed with cancer worry about dying. When your child hears about your illness, he may also start worrying about your chances of dying. Should you talk with him about it? While you decide whether or not to take that step, think about these issues: If your doctor is hopeful about your… Read more »

Nicotine and cancer treatment: An unhealthy combination

We all know that smoking can lead to lung cancer, but did you know that lung cancer can be harder to treat if you keep smoking after you’ve been diagnosed? Even though this information comes from a study that was done in a research lab, and not with people who actually have cancer, the results… Read more »