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Coping with your child's cancer diagnosis

If your child has been diagnosed with cancer, here are things you can do to cope.

  • Be gentle with yourself.

    Your feelings may change from day to day. You might blame yourself or others. This cancer isn't your fault, and the feelings you're having are part of adjusting to the diagnosis.

  • Learn as much as you can, when you're ready.

    Learning about the cancer can prepare you to talk with the doctor, ask questions, and make decisions. Make sure the information you get is medically trusted. Ask your child's doctor for good sources.

  • Ask questions.

    There's a lot to remember during this time. Take notes if you can or ask someone you trust to take them for you while you listen. Keep the information you collect in one place. When you don't understand something, don't be afraid to ask questions.

  • Get support.

    Talk with your child's doctor or a hospital social worker about individual or group counseling. They may also know about support groups in your area or online for parents of children who have cancer. It can help to talk to people who share your experience and know what you're going through.

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