Bupa has launched a series of booklets to support children when someone close to them has cancer. Developed with the advice of specialists including Bupa's cancer experts and with consultation from children, the booklets are free and available to all.
Professor Tanya Byron says, "When someone is diagnosed with cancer, one of the most unexpected challenges can be how to share the news with family. Many parents think it is best that children do not hear about the illness. But even if it is not talked about in front of them, they will still sense it in the atmosphere in their home. Children can become excessively anxious about such a situation, often feeling confused, guilty and responsible."
The series of four booklets, called I Know Someone With Cancer, are aimed at 7-11 year olds. They explain cancer and treatments in a simple and sensitive way, using language and visuals that children can relate to. They also offer children ideas for dealing with their feelings and helping their family in small ways, as well as activities to occupy them at home or at hospital.