International Childhood Cancer Day: Mental health tips for children suffering from advanced stage cancer

  • International Childhood Cancer Day 2022: Fighting a dead disease like cancer is no easy task. Caring for a child with late-stage cancer is especially heartbreaking and requires a lot of courage and calm. Here are some ways you can help your child deal with the diagnosis.

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Childhood cancer is extremely stressful, not only for the child who has it, but also for the entire family. Here are some tips from Dr. Rahulkumar Chavan, Consultant Surgical Oncologist, Fortis Hiranandani Vashi and Dr. Asmita Mahajan, Consultant Neonatologist and Pediatrician, SL Raheja Hospital, Mahim on how to help a child cope with their cancer diagnosis if the disease it is advanced. stage. (Pexels)

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Ask for help and support: People on your child's health care team have helped other families facing similar situations.  Talk to them to learn what can help your child and family cope with end-of-life decisions, concerns, and emotions.  (Pexels)

Ask for help and support: People on your child’s health care team have helped other families facing similar situations. Talk to them to learn what can help your child and family cope with end-of-life decisions, concerns, and emotions. (Pexels)

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Be honest with your child: Because you want to protect your child, it can be hard to know how to talk to your child because treatment isn't working.  Work with your child's health care team to get truthful information that your child can understand.  As difficult as it may seem, talking honestly with your child can help.  (Pexels)

Be honest with your child: Because you want to protect your child, it can be hard to know how to talk to your child because treatment isn’t working. Work with your child’s health care team to get truthful information that your child can understand. As difficult as it may seem, talking honestly with your child can help. (Pexels)

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Help your child open up: Your child may be picking up signs from friends, family, and others that treatment is not going well.  Some children keep quiet about what they know or suspect because they don't want to upset you or see you cry.  Children may try to protect you from their worries or fears.  Letting your child know that he can share anything with you can help him feel less scared and lonely.  (Pexels)

Help your child open up: Your child may be picking up signs from friends, family, and others that treatment is not going well. Some children keep quiet about what they know or suspect because they don’t want to upset you or see you cry. Children may try to protect you from their worries or fears. Letting your child know that he can share anything with you can help him feel less scared and lonely. (Pexels)

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Let your child have fun: Follow your child's cues.  If he/she feels like doing something, encourage him/her and if she doesn't, let him/her be fine.  If there is a birthday or holiday your child is looking forward to, feel free to celebrate that day earlier.  (Pexels)

Let your child have fun: Follow your child’s cues. If he/she feels like doing something, encourage him/her and if she doesn’t, let him/her be fine. If there is a birthday or holiday your child is looking forward to, feel free to celebrate that day earlier. (Pexels)

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Share your spiritual beliefs: Your spiritual beliefs can comfort and help your child, just as they help you and other members of your family.  Some parents find it helpful to have a member of their religious community speak with their child and family.  (Pexels)

Share your spiritual beliefs: Your spiritual beliefs can comfort and help your child, just as they help you and other members of your family. Some parents find it helpful to have a member of their religious community speak with their child and family. (Pexels)

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Keep making memories: Talk about fun times and special memories.  Write, draw, or make a photo album together if your child feels like it.  Talk about the extraordinary things your child has done that people will never forget.  Some children choose to write letters or give some of their toys to people they love.  (Pexels)

Keep making memories: Talk about fun times and special memories. Write, draw, or make a photo album together if your child feels like it. Talk about the extraordinary things your child has done that people will never forget. Some children choose to write letters or give some of their toys to people they love. (Pexels)

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Take it one day at a time: As this time passes, remember to take care of yourself.  You've come a long way and you're doing a fantastic job.  You are stronger than you think.  Choose to make the most of each day, living fully in the present and, in doing so, helping your child to do the same.  Sometimes the simple things are the most meaningful for both you and your child (Pexels)

Take it one day at a time: As this time passes, remember to take care of yourself. You’ve come a long way and you’re doing a fantastic job. You are stronger than you think. Choose to make the most of each day, living fully in the present and, in doing so, helping your child to do the same. Sometimes the simple things are the most meaningful for both you and your child (Pexels)

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