Tips for Friends and Family of a Child or Teen Who Has Cancer

Childhood cancer upends lives – not just the life of the young person who’s been diagnosed, but those of their parents or guardians and close family members as well. If someone you know has pediatric cancer, you may not be able to affect their treatment, but there are still many things you can do to help during this difficult time.

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What Are Ways to Help a Child or Teenager Diagnosed with Cancer?

If a young person in your life, such as a niece or nephew or the child of a friend, has been diagnosed with cancer, the best thing you can do for them is keep their spirits up as they undergo treatment. You can help a great deal by relieving the boredom and loneliness that come with long-term medical regimens. Sending a care package, getting them a gift card for shops and restaurants in and near the hospital while they are there, and simply spending time with them when possible are all good ideas. These things can make a child or teenager with cancer’s days brighter and coping with their symptoms, the side effects of treatment, and other negative effects like missing school and being apart from friends easier.

Things to Do for a Family Impacted by Pediatric Cancer

While you may want to immediately ask “What can I do to help?” if someone in your life gives you the news that their child has cancer, they may be too overwhelmed to answer that question. Instead, you can offer whatever form of assistance you are able to give. You may want to provide transportation for the family between their home and the cancer center, drop off a home-cooked meal, look after any other children in the family, help out with chores, make phone calls, or even simply stay in touch to let the family know they’re in your thoughts.

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