Tag: talking about cancer

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 »

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 »

Teenagers: What to say about cancer

What’s the best way to tell your teenager that you have cancer? What words should you use? How will your teen react? All families are different, and no one can write the perfect script for you and your children – but what you say will depend on: How your children are usually told about important… 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 »

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 »