Telling Your Child About Cancer: Age-Appropriate Advice

Your child’s age will play a key role in how much she understands about your illness — and how she might react to the news.

It will be helpful for you to think about your child's age when considering things like:

Keep in mind that every child will react in her own way — that’s true at every age.

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Expand this tab Babies and Toddlers (Ages 0 to 2 Years) Babies and Toddlers (Ages 0 to 2 Years)
Expand this tab Preschool and Kindergarten (Ages 3 to 5 Years) Preschool and Kindergarten (Ages 3 to 5 Years)
Expand this tab Elementary and Middle School (Ages 6 to 12 Years) Elementary and Middle School (Ages 6 to 12 Years)
Expand this tab Teenagers (Ages 13 to 18 Years) Teenagers (Ages 13 to 18 Years)
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Text adapted from Cancer Council NSW’s Talking to Kids about Cancer — a guide for people with cancer, their families and friendsJune 2010 edition.