Cancer Australia has some advice for children whose friends have been diagnosed with cancer.
They say: “It can be confusing and frightening for a child to learn that children can be diagnosed with cancer too … It is important to talk to them about what is happening and help them through their feelings about their friend.”
Some strategies offered are:
- Keep in contact with the child who has cancer. “Both children will benefit from social interaction.” You could even visit the child in hospital.
- Explain to your child that cancer is not contagious.
- Prepare your child that their will be physical changes that may mean they can’t play in the same way.
- Get crafty and make cards, decorations and even games for the hospital room.