Sarah Cannon Shares how to Talk to Your Kids About a Cancer Diagnosis

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Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming – as you learn new terminology, create a treatment plan with your care team and adjust your daily life to new appointments and physical challenges.

Talking to your kids about your diagnosis is an added layer to this journey. Sarah Cannon, the cancer institute of HCA Healthcare, provides resources and support, including an oncology trained nurse navigator, to walk with you through your journey.

Elissa Redding, gastrointestinal nurse navigator at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center in Denver, shares her insights on how to approach talking to children  (both young and old) about a diagnosis. Her main piece of advice…Use the communication style and environment that works best for each child. There is no one-size-fits-all method, but having the conversation is an important step.

Click here to learn how to share this news with your loved ones.

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