Oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Communicating with Loved Ones

This section provides information on the following topics:

Talking About Cancer

Learn how to talk with someone who has cancer, whether it's a spouse or partner, a teenager, a child, or a grandchild.

Family Life

Information on the importance of communication as it relates to spouses and partners, friends and family members, children and parents.

Parenting While Living With Cancer

If you are parenting young children while caring for a parent with cancer, you know firsthand the practical and emotional challenges. Here are a few tips to help you juggle your responsibilities and reduce your risk of burnout.

How A Child Understands Cancer

Many parents think they can protect their child by not telling them about the cancer diagnosis. However, experts agree that even young children should be told the truth. This article provides information on what children of different ages are likely to understand.

Siblings and Cancer

A child with cancer changes the family dynamics, which can be especially difficult for the healthy siblings. This article provides information on common emotions experienced by siblings, common behaviors observed in siblings, tips on helping siblings cope, and resources for parents and siblings.

Supporting a Friend Who Has Cancer

If you have a friend who has recently been diagnosed with cancer, or is living with cancer, you may be wondering the best way to support him or her. Even though you want to help your friend through this difficult time, it can be hard to know what to say or do. While there are no set rules when it comes to supporting a friend who has cancer, this article will help you find ways to show your support, including ideas of what to say and how to provide practical help, as well as suggestions for thoughtful gifts.

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