When your child needs radiation treatment

When a child develops a malignant tumour not only the child him- or herself but also his or her parents and siblings are affected. Further questions arise if radiation is required. You may feel insecure. Whatever the case, your everyday life and that of your family will change, not least because you’ll be accompanying your child to radiation sessions four or five times a week over a period of up to two months. 

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In this chapter, we want to help you deal with various fears and anxieties arising from this situation. We want to do everything in our power to help you and your child feel comfortable with us. Experience has shown that children manage to deal with their cancer diagnosis and the resulting changes in their daily life better than expected by most adults. 

In this context, please take a look at our webpage Children’s question’s about treatment where you’ll find the questions asked most often by children answered in child’s terms by a radiation oncologist. If your child can already read, he or she might like to read the questions and answers by him- or herself or together with you. 

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