We recommend being open and honest with young people about a cancer diagnosis. Reliable, age-appropriate information can help them understand and cope with changes.
But an honest discussion can be tremendously difficult, particularly if you've been diagnosed with cancer or are trying to cope with the diagnosis of someone close to you.
Although children can show a surprising natural resilience, experts recognise that understanding a child's specific needs, maintaining normal routines, and providing boundaries, comfort and love, are important.
Children can quickly sense something's wrong, even if they're not told.
Information for students and teachers about cancer.
A selection from our Helpline nurses that deal with children and cancer.
A diagnosis of cancer for a young person causes huge shockwaves through a family. Parents, grandparents, siblings and others will respond in different ways. Children diagnosed with cancer have many concerns and reactions that are different from those of an adult who is diagnosed. Many child-specific services are available in Australia - see below.
Talk to someone else who knows what it's like to be affected by cancer.
Brain tumours are the second most common cancer in children.