Children and Cancer

Learning you or a loved one has cancer can be hard for anyone, but a diagnosis of cancer in a family with children presents some unique challenges. The first part of this section offers information and suggestions for families in which a child has been diagnosed with cancer. The second part provides information on helping children understand and deal with cancer in another family member.

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When Your Child Has Cancer

The diagnosis of cancer in a child or teenager can be a devastating blow to parents and other family members who love the child. Cancer creates an instant crisis in the family. Here we provide information to help parents of children with cancer know what to expect. We offer suggestions on topics such as coping with the diagnosis, dealing with financial and insurance issues, and nutrition for children with cancer.