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Talking To Kids About Cancer


01. March 2016

An often overlooked issue is the impact a cancer or critical illness can have on our children.

'Talking To Kids About Cancer' is a well researched and insightful FREE Booklet published by The Cancer Council Of Victoria and covers key topics essential for all parents confronted with their or their childrens’ diagnosis.

The book contains invaluable information and is considered a 'must-read' for anyone affected or believes they could become affected by cancer.

Topics covered in the book include :

  • Reasons for including children in discussions about cancer
  • How children might react at different ages
  • Ways you can support them

Talking about the diagnosis

  • Processing a cancer diagnosis yourself
  • Sharing the news with children
  • When a child has cancer
  • Words you can use
  • Typical questions and possible answers Involving others

Talking about cancer treatment

  • Ways to understand and discuss cancer treatment
  • How cancer may affect the person with cancer and the entire family
  • Managing emotions
  • Tips for supporting the family and maintaining routines

After treatment

  • How adults and children may react when cancer treatment is over
  • Continuing open communication with children
  • Responding to children’s expectations
  • Re-establishing family routines

When cancer won't go away

  • How adults and children may respond if cancer advances
  • Ways to talk about ongoing cancer and the possibility of death
  • Words you can use
  • Making the most of the time left
  • Resources to help bereaved children

Further support and information

  • How to find professional help
  • Contact details for support organisations
  • Recommended reading for children and adults
  • Glossary of cancer words for younger and older children
  • References

If you would like a copy of the "Talking To Kids About Cancer" book please please click here and request a copy

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