When a child’s parent or guardian is diagnosed with cancer, the child’s life is profoundly changed. This Course explains why talking to children about cancer is important, and examines the role that health professionals can play in this dialogue.
- Explain the importance of talking to children about cancer
- Explain the impact that a parent or guardian’s cancer diagnosis can have on a child
- Describe some strategies for talking to children about their parent or guardian’s cancer diagnosis
- Identify when a child or family member may need to be referred to another health professional for counselling or intervention
No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.
Dr Katharine Hodgkinson is a Clinical Psychologist with over 18 years’ experience in client care, research and education. Katharine currently leads a team of Clinical and Consulting Psychologists at HeadwayHealth providing a range of psychological interventions to support to those affected by a cancer and other heath and emotional concerns. Katharine has published numerous research papers and several book chapters in cancer care, and co-edited the book “Psychosocial Care of Cancer Patients. A Health Professional’s Guide to What to Say and Do” (Hodgkinson K and Gilchrist J, Ausmed Publications, 2008).