If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, one of your first thoughts may be: How do I tell the children? Adults often fear telling children that cancer has come into the family. We all want to keep the children we love happy and it’s hard to think of talking to them about something that will make them—and us—upset.
The thing is, children are very sensitive to what is happening around them. They can sense when something is wrong . Young children may also believe that something they have done has caused the problem. Not being able to talk about their concerns can leave them feeling isolated, alone, sad or worried. Although telling your children about a cancer diagnosis is hard, it is important and necessary.