After treatment for children's cancer

This information was written by the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG).

Understandably, children who have been in hospital can often be 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. 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.

The CCLG can send you the booklet My child has finished treatment. It helps answer some of the questions and concerns that arise when a child finishes their cancer treatment.

You can also contact Macmillan's cancer support specialists to talk it over.

Children's cancer information from CCLG

This information about children’s cancer was written by the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG). It has been reviewed and edited by their publications committee, which includes medical experts from all fields of children’s cancer and care.

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