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International Childhood Cancer Day: Mental health tips for children suffering from advanced stage cancer

Published on Feb 14, 2022 08:09 PM IST
  • International Childhood Cancer Day 2022: Battling with a deaded disease like cancer is not an easy task. Caring for a child with advanced stage cancer is especially heartbreaking and requires a lot of courage and calmness. Here are some ways you can help your child deal with the diagnosis.
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Childhood cancer is extremely stressful, not just for the child undergoing it but also for the whole family. Here are tips by Dr. Rahulkumar Chavan, Consultant Surgical Oncologist, Fortis Hiranandani Vashi and Dr Asmita Mahajan, Consultant Neonatologist & Pediatrician, SL Raheja Hospital, Mahim on how to help a child deal with his/her cancer diagnosis if the disease is in advanced stage.(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 14, 2022 08:09 PM IST

Childhood cancer is extremely stressful, not just for the child undergoing it but also for the whole family. Here are tips by Dr. Rahulkumar Chavan, Consultant Surgical Oncologist, Fortis Hiranandani Vashi and Dr Asmita Mahajan, Consultant Neonatologist & Pediatrician, SL Raheja Hospital, Mahim on how to help a child deal with his/her cancer diagnosis if the disease is in advanced stage.(Pexels)

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Ask for help and support: The people on your child’s healthcare team have helped other families facing similar situations. Talk with them to learn what can help your child and the family cope with end-of-life decisions, concerns, and emotions.(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 14, 2022 08:09 PM IST

Ask for help and support: The people on your child’s healthcare team have helped other families facing similar situations. Talk with them to learn what can help your child and the family cope with end-of-life decisions, concerns, and emotions.(Pexels)

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Be honest with your child: Because you want to protect your child, it may be hard to know how to talk with him/her because treatment is not working. Work with your child’s healthcare team to get truthful information that your child can understand. As hard as this may seem, talking honestly with your child can help your child.(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 14, 2022 08:09 PM IST

Be honest with your child: Because you want to protect your child, it may be hard to know how to talk with him/her because treatment is not working. Work with your child’s healthcare team to get truthful information that your child can understand. As hard as this may seem, talking honestly with your child can help your child.(Pexels)

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Help your child to open-up: Your child may be picking up cues from friends, family, and others that treatment is not going well. Some children remain silent about what they know or suspect because they do not want to upset you or see you cry. Children may try to protect you from their worries or fears. Letting your child know that he/she can share anything with you, can help her feel less scared and alone.(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 14, 2022 08:09 PM IST

Help your child to open-up: Your child may be picking up cues from friends, family, and others that treatment is not going well. Some children remain silent about what they know or suspect because they do not want to upset you or see you cry. Children may try to protect you from their worries or fears. Letting your child know that he/she can share anything with you, can help her feel less scared and alone.(Pexels)

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Let your child have fun: Take cues from your child. If he/she feels up to doing something, encourage it and if he/she doesn't, let that be okay. If there is a birthday or holiday that your child is looking forward to, feel free to celebrate that day earlier.(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 14, 2022 08:09 PM IST

Let your child have fun: Take cues from your child. If he/she feels up to doing something, encourage it and if he/she doesn't, let that be okay. If there is a birthday or holiday that your child is looking forward to, feel free to celebrate that day earlier.(Pexels)

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Share your spiritual beliefs: Your spiritual beliefs may comfort and help your child, just as they they help you and others in your family. Some parents find it helps to have a member from their religious community talk with their child and the family.(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 14, 2022 08:09 PM IST

Share your spiritual beliefs: Your spiritual beliefs may comfort and help your child, just as they they help you and others in your family. Some parents find it helps to have a member from their religious community talk with their child and the family.(Pexels)

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Keep making memories: Talk about fun times and special memories. Write, draw, or make a photo book together if your child feels up to it. Talk about extraordinary things your child has done that people will never forget. Some children choose to write letters or give some of their toys to the people they love.(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 14, 2022 08:09 PM IST

Keep making memories: Talk about fun times and special memories. Write, draw, or make a photo book together if your child feels up to it. Talk about extraordinary things your child has done that people will never forget. Some children choose to write letters or give some of their toys to the people they love.(Pexels)

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Take it one day at a time: As you go through this time, remember to care for yourself. You have come a long way, and you are doing a fantastic job. You are stronger than you think. Choose to make the most of each day, living fully in the present— and in so doing, helping your child to do the same. Sometimes simple things are the most meaningful for both you and your child(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 14, 2022 08:09 PM IST

Take it one day at a time: As you go through this time, remember to care for yourself. You have come a long way, and you are doing a fantastic job. You are stronger than you think. Choose to make the most of each day, living fully in the present— and in so doing, helping your child to do the same. Sometimes simple things are the most meaningful for both you and your child(Pexels)

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