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Understandably, children who have been in hospital are often difficult and demanding when they go home.
Younger children may behave in a more childish way, whereas older children may be aggressive or jealous of their healthy brothers and sisters. Maintaining discipline and having their friends over to visit can help children get back into everyday life.
While it’s often a relief to get to the end of treatment, you may find that you feel more anxious and worried now that you and your child are not attending the hospital so regularly. This is normal - all of a sudden you don’t have the reassurance from the doctors and other staff.
You may also be worried that symptoms will return once treatment ends. Remember, the hospital staff are still there to help you and will understand your concerns. It’s important to contact them if you have any worries about your child’s health.
The CCLG can send you the booklet End of treatment|. It helps answer some of the questions and concerns that arise when a child finishes their cancer treatment.
Despite all the improvements in cancer treatment, sometimes it doesn’t work. In this case another treatment may be available, but this isn’t the case for all children.
There’s a lot of support for families when a cancer comes back. Further information is available from the CCLG| and CLIC Sargent|.
Content last reviewed: 1 April 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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