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How do you talk to children about cancer?

Do you consider your child’s age and developmental stage? Some children may be too young to verbalize their thoughts and others might be too afraid to ask. What are your tips for talking to family members about cancer?

  1. I wish I had more tips! I do not, however. Right now, my daughter is 5. She doesn’t know the whole story, but she picks up on stuff. She was especially curious around my major surgeries and was more aware of something going on. I am working on integrating my clinic life with my home life, specifically with more interaction with my kiddo in clinic. It’s going to be tough but it’s something she deserves to know, and find out from me- not secondhand.

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