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My child has cancer

It is devastating to hear that your child has cancer and you will have many different feelings and emotions.

When told the diagnosis, you may feel numb or as if you have been physically hit. You may be shocked, bewildered, scared, sad, guilty, angry or may not be able to believe that this has happened to your child. These are normal reactions. It is important to remember that it’s not your fault your child has cancer and it’s not because of anything you’ve done or anything you have not done.

MelanieAllenI never in a million years thought that a child of mine would ever get cancer!

Melanie, mum of Ben diagnosed with ALL

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it obviously has a big impact on the whole family. Your child’s routine is likely to change, they may have to stay in hospital for treatment, and they’re likely to have regular hospital appointments.

This may feel overwhelming for you, your child and the rest of the family. But there are many healthcare professionals and support organisations and charities that can help you though this difficult time.

Our 'What happens next?' pathway shows what will happen at each stage of your child’s diagnosis and treatment and aims to answer any questions you might have.

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My child has cancer. What happens next?

Ipad PathwayOur 'What happens next?' pathway shows what will happen at each stage of your child’s diagnosis and treatment and aims to answer any questions you might have.

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Contact magazine 68Read about other families' experiences and find information and advice from our experts in Contact, our free quarterly magazine.

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