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Sharing your cancer diagnosis

Learn ways to share information about your cancer diagnosis with loved ones

Cancer Diagnosis

Cancer may be hard to deal with all alone. You have full control over if, when, and how much you share about your diagnosis.

Talking about your cancer diagnosis

From the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The information below is based on information originally published by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the US government’s main agency for cancer research.

Talking about it may not be easy at first, but for many people, sharing thoughts and feelings about cancer helps them cope. Here are some tips for you:

To find more information, keep reading Taking Time, an NCI resource that may help you and your loved ones understand what you may be going through.

How to talk to a child about a loved one's cancer diagnosis

From Harvard Health Publishing

Here’s help for telling your child that someone they love is seriously ill.

Recommended Books That May Help Children Understand Parent's Cancer Diagnosis

Recommended books

The books below are divided by age group and focus on helping children better understand their parent’s cancer diagnosis.

For younger children:

  • Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings by Ellen McVicker
  • Hair for Mama by Kelly A. Tinkham
  • Nowhere Hair by Sue Glader

For older children:

  • Our Family Has Cancer Too by Christine Clifford
  • The Year My Mother Was Bald by Ann Speltz

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