This section provides suggestions to help you and your child cope with the emotional and social effects of cancer and cancer treatment--at home, with family and friends, and in the community.

When you find out your child has cancer, it is common to feel many powerful emotions. These emotions may be difficult to acknowledge, but they are normal reactions. Talking openly with your spouse, family, friends, religious leaders, and members of the treatment team can often help you deal with these strong feelings and frustrations.  Remember it is normal to feel shocked, angry, guilty or overwhelmed.

Because a diagnosis of cancer affects the whole family, a social worker is assigned to every family who is cared for by our oncology team. They are available to discuss your emotional concerns and can help you to locate needed resources. For more information about the family and support services available at Primary Children's please see the Let's Talk About below:

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