How Do You Explain Ovarian Cancer to Your Children?

How Do You Explain Ovarian Cancer to Your Children?

Explaining Cancer to Kids to Help Them Understand

A cancer diagnosis has a profound impact on the entire family and explaining cancer to kids can be difficult and scary, as children often find themselves faced with questions and fear.

While this time can be a challenging one for yourself, understanding how to explain what’s going on to the children in your life and help them to cope will make the process much easier on everyone, and help your family to build a strong support group.

Starting the Process Early

While the last thing you may want to do is tell your child about your ovarian cancer diagnosis, experts say it’s important to tell them what’s going on with you in the beginning and then to continue informing them as time goes by.

Cancer will have a huge impact on your child, but the more involved and informed they feel, the less of a negative impact it will have.

Here are a few tips for sharing this information:

  • Sit your child down after the diagnosis and tell them about your cancer. Share information about ovarian cancer in specific, also that you feel afraid, but are working with many doctors to figure out the right treatment plan to make you better.
  • As the process goes on, tell your child about the different treatments you received. Tell them how the treatment made you feel the success rates associated with the treatment.

Remember that keeping your child informed is key. However, children can tell if you’re holding. While it’s important to always keep a positive attitude, it’s also important that you share any fears you’re having with the child in a positive manner, while keeping the information you offer to them to a minimal.


It’s best to offer enough information to make your child feel included in what you’re going through, which will put their mind at ease, but don’t offer information that is above their education level or will have them up at night worrying about your well-being.

While some people think that avoiding the issue is the best way, but avoidance can create a lot of issues in the long run, making honestly the best policy when it comes to your children.

Is Counselling an Option?

Counseling is an option for some, while others would prefer to discuss the cancer without the help of a professional.

There are certain ways that a counselor can help your family with the cancer, such as allowing the family to talk in a healthy way about the cancer, or using a professional to help the family determine ways that the family can discuss the cancer in a healthy manner.

Using Online Resources

There’s a variety of sources available online that can help your child better cope with their diagnosis. From informational websites to group forums, and activities, many children find they’re able to get the most benefit from online sources.

Parents can also find great advice for sharing the cancer information to children of different ages, allowing the entire family to cope in the most effective way possible.


Cancer Council of Western Australia (Talking to your children about your cancer)

Amy ManleyAmy Manley

Amy Manley is a certified medical writer through the American Medical Writers Association. She has a Bachelor's degree in English and writes to help educate people on various health conditions and how to cope with them.

May 10, 2018
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