Most adults realize that cancer is a complex disease, but it can be even harder for children to understand the situation surrounding a cancer diagnosis and treatment. When the disease is affecting a close relative, most parents wonder how much they should tell their kids about cancer.
“I think for parents, they have worries about how to break the news to their children and whether they will say the right thing or be able to get the words out,” says UW Health psychologist Lori DuBenske, PhD.
The pediatric cancer team at the UW Carbone Cancer Center and American Family Children’s Hospital is pleased to make two big announcements that will help us to make progress in the fight against childhood cancer.
First, a grant we received in 2013, collaboratively supported by St. Baldrick’s Foundation and The Stand Up To Cancer Foundation, that named us to an international, eight-institution “Pediatric Cancer Dream Team” was renewed for four more years! This grant provides the funding to develop new therapies for high-risk childhood cancer and involves multiple members of our team to be involved with researching and improving outcomes in pediatric cancers.
When your child is newly diagnosed you experience a myriad of emotions: fear, sadness and anger. It is a defining moment; one that has changed your life. You may feel shocked, confused, overwhelmed, unprepared and alone. There are some things that can be done to help make this journey less stressful.