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Talking to Your Kids About Breast Cancer

Although children may have a variety of reactions to learning that their parent has cancer, all studies confirm that it is better to tell the child than withhold information and it is better to tell sooner rather than later. When the child is not told, there is more anxiety and a more difficult adaptation later. It is important to provide the child with the amount of information that they want or need and at a level they can understand.
 
Talking to Your Child, Teen or Young Adult
 
How you tell your child, teen or young adult that you have breast cancer depends on a variety of situational factors. One of the most important factors is age. Learn how to talk with your child, teen or young adult:
The Cancer Experience: Common Emotions
 
Before you talk with your child, teen or young adult, you may want to review some of the common emotions felt during the cancer experience. It is likely that your child is feeling one or more of these emotions: