What might you experience ?
Childhood and teenage cancer is something nobody wants to think about. But practically speaking, around 1 in 330 people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer by the age of 19. Treatment strategies for cancer in young people have come far over the past few decades, and the survival rate has increased from 10% (in the 1970s) to around 90% today. However, the experience can still be very scary, stressful, and exhausting for everyone involved.
If your own child has cancer, or a child in your family or community has cancer, it's likely you'll feel overwhelmed and unsure about how to help. Of course, every kid is different and needs different forms of love and support through such a difficult time. Thankfully, there are some simple things you can do to make things easier for them (and for their parents and families, too).
This guide will cover:
- Explaining and coping with emotions
- Things to do in hospital
- Getting a good night's sleep
- Making hospital less scary
- Help for parents