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Although many children with cancer can be cured, it is still devastating to hear that your child has cancer. Both you and your child will have many different feelings and emotions.
When told the diagnosis, you may feel numb or as if you’ve been physically hit. Some of the feelings you have may include fear, denial, sadness, guilt and anger. These are normal reactions. It’s important to remember that it’s not your fault your child has cancer and it’s not because of anything you’ve done.
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it obviously has a big effect on the whole family|. Your child’s routine is likely to change, they may have to stay in hospital for treatment, and they’re likely to have regular hospital appointments.
This may feel overwhelming for you, your child and the rest of the family. But there are many healthcare professionals and support organisations| who can help you though this difficult time.
Content last reviewed: 27 April 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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