Communication Skills

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 »

Explaining cancer to teenagers

It can be hard to explain cancer to your teenager — not just because it’s a complicated disease and you may still have questions, but because of your own strong feelings about the diagnosis. Some people ask if a member of their health care team can meet with their teenager to explain it. Most teenagers… Read more »

Explaining cancer to school-age children

Cancer can be a tough disease for people to understand, because there are so many different types of cancer and ways to treat it. Even though your health care team has explained the diagnosis to you, and has made suggestions about your treatment, you may still have a lot of questions. How will you explain… Read more »

Explaining cancer to young children

Cancer can be a tough disease for people to understand, because there are so many different types of cancer and ways to treat it. Even though your health care team has explained the diagnosis to you, and has made suggestions about your treatment, you may still have a lot of questions. How will you explain… Read more »

Do I tell my young children that I could die?

Most people who are diagnosed with cancer worry about dying. But grown-ups’ thoughts about dying might not be the same as children’s thoughts – especially if those children are still small. For example, your very young children might get upset if they’re away from you for a while, but they won’t understand what a lasting… Read more »

Do I tell my teenager I could die?

Most people who are diagnosed with cancer worry about dying. When your teenager hears about your illness, he may also start worrying about your chances of dying. Should the two of you talk about it? While you make up your mind, think about these issues: If your doctor is hopeful about your chances of getting… Read more »

Making the most of your medical visits

It’s easy to become distracted, nervous, and unable to concentrate or think as clearly as usual during a medical appointment – especially one for a pain problem. Health care providers typically have busy schedules and may often be pressed for time. If you feel pressure during the appointment it may be difficult to stay focused… Read more »