Advice for children with friends who have cancer

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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.”

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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.

Cancer Advisor has a range of resources for friends of people with cancer, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

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