Talking With Children About Breast Cancer on LBBC

LBBC Ask The Expert | The Silver Pen

Talking With Children About Breast Cancer is one of my favorite topics. Not because I love to do it (heaven knows it’s incredibly difficult), but because it’s so very important. Including children from the time of a diagnosis demonstrates that honesty is a core family value. And if adults don’t talk with children, please oh please believe me when I tell you that they always know.

The Silver Lining is that there are people who can help you talk with your children. This month, I am honored and excited to be just that person, serving as the “Expert” on the Living Beyond Breast Cancer website, answering questions about how to talk with children about breast cancer.  Below is the website description.

November 2013 Ask the Expert: Talking With Children About Breast Cancer

Telling your children about your breast cancer diagnosis can be challenging. Children of different ages will react to the news in their own unique way, and they may ask you questions that require confusing or difficult answers. Still, being open with your children may be the best way to help them understand and process what you are going through and how their lives may change during your treatment period.

During the month of November, get your questions answered about how to talk with children about what breast cancer is, the physical changes they may see you go through during treatment, how to handle the hard questions they may have, and how children of different ages may react to the news.

If you have questions about talking with children about breast cancer, ask our expert, Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW, today.

We will answer as many questions as possible, but we cannot answer all questions submitted. We will post answers on an ongoing basis throughout November.  Submit your questions now, and check back here for updates.

Remember: we cannot provide diagnoses, medical consultations or specific treatment recommendations. This service is designed for educational and informational purposes only. The information is general in nature. For specific healthcare questions or concerns, consult your healthcare provider because treatment varies with individual circumstances. The content is not intended in any way to substitute for professional counseling or medical advice.

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  1. Flippa Bird says

    How would you talk to older teenagers about this subject if a close loved-one is diagnosed?
    They are almost adults, but can still be very child-like with their fears… I'm conflicted as to whether I should just be balls to the wall open with them, or sugar coat it, or something in between??

    • silverpen says

      Thanks so much for your question. I am working on a post for talking with teens. It's a very different issue. Thanks!