Talking to Children About Cancer


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What words should parents use to speak about cancer to their children?

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1. What do children need to know about possible cancer treatments?

2. How should a parent treat the feelings of their children about the cancer diagnosis?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can assess what you know about how to talk to children of all ages about cancer with this quiz/worksheet assessment tool. You will be quizzed on how to consider a child's feelings and how to tell them the facts about the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions in this quiz/worksheet combo will focus on the following topics:

  • Words to use when talking to children about cancer
  • Things children should know about cancer treatments
  • How to treat the feelings of children when discussing this subject
  • Ways to act around young children when a parent receives a cancer diagnosis
  • Telling adult children about a cancer diagnosis

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as the types of words one should use when discussing cancer with children
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about considering a child's feelings when talking about cancer and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding adult children and talking about cancer
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to describe the things that children should be told about concerning cancer treatments

Additional Learning

Learn more about this tough subject with the lesson titled Talking to Children About Cancer. The lesson will discuss the following:

  • The possible result of trying to hide a cancer diagnosis and facts about the disease
  • How a young child might feel when a parent is diagnosed with cancer
  • The positive aspects of discussing cancer with teenage children