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Cancer and hair loss

Contributed by: Survivor Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2009 I’m a breast cancer survivor. From the time I was about 5 years old my hair has been my best and favorite feature. When my oncologist told me two out of my three chemotherapy drugs would cause hair loss, I was crushed. I wasn’t sure… Read more »

Young children: What to say about cancer

It’s not easy to talk with children less than six years old about the fact that you have cancer. You probably have questions about what words to use, and what reactions to expect. All families are different, and no one can write the perfect script for you and your child. But there are important things… Read more »

Young children: How much to say about cancer?

Having chosen to talk with your children under age 6 honestly about your cancer, you may now be worried about how much information you can and should provide. The following may serve as a basic guide for how much to share. What your young child needs to know Even if you don’t have all the… Read more »

School-age children: What to say about cancer

It’s not easy to talk with children aged 6 to 12 years old about the fact that you have cancer. You probably have questions about what words to use, and what reactions to expect. All families are different, and no one can write the perfect script for you and your child. But there are important… Read more »

School age children: How much to say about cancer?

Having chosen to talk with your children honestly about your cancer, you may now be worried about how much information you can and should give children who are ages 6 to 12. Keep the following in mind when deciding how much to share. What your child needs to know Even if you do not have… Read more »

Young children: When is it time to talk about cancer?

You need to tell your children that you have cancer, but you’ve been waiting for the right time. There’s never a “perfect” time, though, to give this kind of news to young children. When to talk When talking with children who are less than six years old, pick a time when they can pay attention… Read more »

Young children: Should they be involved with my care?

Young children like to help their parents. When it comes to caring for you at home, though, how much should children under the age of 6 be expected to help? The answer depends on the ages of your children, and your relationship with them. Keep in mind that young children have short attention spans. Any… Read more »

Young children: Should I share my fears?

It’s important to be honest with young children – especially ones who are younger than six – 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. Keep in mind: Young children can be… Read more »

Young children: How to talk about pain

Children can be very sensitive to how a parent is feeling. It may be hard to keep even young children (less than six years old) from noticing that you’re in pain. For this reason, it’s important to be honest with them. Figure out how to share what you’re going through in a way that causes… Read more »

Teenagers: When is it time to talk about cancer?

Even if you feel pressured to find the perfect time to talk about your cancer, there is no perfect time to break the news to your teenagers. Finding a good time Tell your children only when YOU feel ready to talk about your cancer. Don’t let too much time go by before talking with your… Read more »