Coping with Childhood Cancer

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Coping With Childhood Cancer

For a parent, there is nothing quite as unnerving as receiving the news that your child has been diagnosed with Cancer. Not only the parents are affected, but also the siblings and other family members. Life for the family instantly changes. Parents must be away from work. Siblings might need to be cared for by relatives or friends. The child (patient) becomes the major focus of family time and attention. All other concerns are put on hold. This all happens in a very short period of time. Families that have been and are going through this feel like they're on an emotional roller-coaster. These families all feel varying levels of shock, fear, guilt, sadness, anxiety, and anger. They are unprepared to handle the fact that the child has a life threatening illness. This is probably because the previous experience with someone they know who had or has a similar diagnosis is usually an older person, not someone as young or close to home as this diagnosis is. When a child or teen is diagnosed with cancer, families and parents will need to learn as much about the disease as possible. Most importantly, they will need to learn how to cope and move forward after the diagnosis, about dealing with the early and late effects of treatment, and about preparing for what may be down the road. It is very important to understand the effect this diagnosis can take on different members of the family. This would help the child (patient) as well. Mothers are usually the primary caregiver. If a woman is a stay-at-home mother, it makes sense that she be the one to take on these duties. It is also much more common for employers to accommodate a mother’s child care needs than a father’s. When work conflicts with caring for an ill child, some mothers take extended leave or quit their jobs. Mothers…...

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