Can­cer in chil­dren

C.A.R.E. - - Cancer -

• Need­ing to take time off from work

• Sign­ing treat­ment con­sent forms and mak­ing im­por­tant de­ci­sions

• Need­ing help to care for other chil­dren in the fam­ily

• Ad­just­ing school sched­ules and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with teach­ers to en­sure a healthy re­turn to the class­room

• Feel­ing shock, dis­be­lief, fear, guilt, sad­ness, anx­i­ety and anger

FOR CHIL­DREN Deal­ing with the di­ag­no­sis

• In­fants, tod­dlers, chil­dren and teens will each re­spond dif­fer­ently to their can­cer di­ag­no­sis. Be at­ten­tive to their re­ac­tions and seek ad­vice fromthe can­cer care team about find­ing ex­tra sup­port.

FOR ALL FAM­ILY MEM­BERS Deal­ing with the di­ag­no­sis

• Seek com­fort fro­mother fam­ily mem­bers and friends

• Ask ques­tions and get an­swers from the med­i­cal team

• Learn about the short and the long–term ef­fects of the rec­om­mended treat­ments

• Learn how other par­ents in your sit­u­a­tion have or are cop­ing

• Take time for your­self and find healthy ways to re­lease your anger and other emo­tions

• In­volve oth­ers to get sup­port

• Get help from com­mu­nity sources

The Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety is a good source for learn­ing about can­cer in chil­dren. www.can­cer.org or 800-227-2345

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