CHILDREN AND CANCERCancer can develop to people of all ages including children. However, cancer in children is rare compared to adults. Depending on a family, news of cancer in a family can affect every member of the family (children or adults).
No one is ever prepared to hear that their child has a life-threatening illness, so news of cancer in a child or teenager can be a devastating blow to parents and other family members. Depending on the personality and age of a child, children and teenagers often respond to news of a cancer diagnosis with a range of emotions, and sometimes they reflect those of their parents.
Upon hearing the diagnosis of cancer in a child, it is common for parents (family members) to feel shocked, disbelief, sadness, guilt, and anger and for some weeks it can be overwhelming. While going through such episode in life, it can help to talk to your child`s doctor, nurses, social workers, and psychologist.”