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Explaining cancer to children

Advice from Candlelighters which parents and teachers can use to frame discussions with children about friends with cancer.
Simple and correct information is always best. Allow children to talk about their feelings and worries as well as reassuring them that cancer is not contagious. If your child raises concerns about death explain that although a small number of children do die from cancer, the doctors think they can make their friend better and that is why they are having treatment.  It is also a good idea to actively engage them by asking them how they can be a good friend when their school friend comes back.