Explain that this is an operation and the doctor/surgeon will:
- cut out the cancer, or
- remove the part of the body where the cancer is.
Before your children visit you in hospital, prepare them for how you’ll be after the operation. For example, if you’ll have drips or tubes, tell them what they’re for and explain that you’ll only have them for a short time to help you get better.
If children want to look at a scar, it’s usually fine to let them see it, but it may be best to wait until the swelling and redness settle down. If they’re not interested or seem reluctant to look, don’t push them.