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This information is for anyone who needs to explain a diagnosis of cancer to children. We can’t tell you exactly what to say but we hope the information here gives you a starting point. These conversations can be difficult and overwhelming. However chats handled sensitively and honestly can be reassuring for young people directly affected by the diagnosis.

This resource covers information to help you talk to children throughout the cancer journey, from breaking the news about a cancer diagnosis to coping with life after treatment. Included are examples of what a parent or caregiver might want to say; these are just ideas and you will need to vary what you say according to your children’s ages and their individual characteristics. You know your children best and their ability to understand things.

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