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Helpful resources for nurses working with children and teenagers affected by cancer

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Macmillan has revised the Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer guide. In addition to the outstanding support you provide to families affected by cancer, you can give them this guide to take away and read in their own time.

The guide looks at the benefits of being open with young people, suggests ways of telling them, and discusses how families can spend quality time together, both in hospital and at home.  It contains brand-new information about talking to teenagers about cancer. Throughout the booklet there are quotes from parents and family members who have been in a position where they’ve needed to talk to their children or teenagers about this difficult topic. You can order copies of the booklet at



We also have a toolkit for professionals to help you find the right words when supporting, communicating and working with children and young people affected by cancer. The toolkit offers a comprehensive collection of resources and information to help you approach what could be difficult or sensitive situations. These include discussions about some of the main issues you may encounter, such as acknowledging questions about death and dying.

Emma, a Macmillan Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialist says: ‘Supporting unwell parents and their families at a difficult time is one of the most challenging aspects of my role and this toolkit is a valuable resource.’cess the free toolkit at



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