How to Help Your Child if a Classmate Has Cancer

September 25, 2013

Telling School Children About Cancer
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month winds down with a post from Claire McCarthy, MD, on her MD Mama blog on “Learning that a friend or classmate has cancer can be a frightening and confusing experience for children,” Kendal Temple, an oncology community outreach nurse at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, tells Dr. McCarthy. “Parents have an important role to play in providing information, allaying fears, and helping their children not just navigate the friendship but learn how to comfort, support and assist a friend in need.”

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