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Less pain with prostate cancer treatment

Contributed by: Gerry Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2009 This is about my experiences with treatment for prostate cancer. The first advice I would give you is that since I underwent 5 weeks of direct radiation therapy, is to follow the instructions on dietary restrictions, very, very carefully. If you do this I think… Read more »

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: 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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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: 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 »