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[MOL] Parents with cancer need help telling the kids

Parents with cancer need help telling the kids
    [08/22/2000; Reuters News Service]

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Parents with cancer or other serious
illnesses often need help planning how to break the news to their
children and answer their questions, says a recent study. Not
knowing how to discuss these issues prevents many parents from
even telling the children they're sick. ``Many parents need help
to think about how they might talk to their children about the
diagnosis and changes in family life,'' explain researchers led
by Dr. Jacqueline Barnes of the Royal Free and University College
Medical School in London, England. The researchers interviewed
32 women four to six months after they had been diagnosed with
breast cancer. Questions centered on whether or not they had
told their children about their illness, how they had made that
decision, and what kind of help they had received in discussing
their cancer with their children. The children involved were
between the ages of 5 and 18. ``While nearly all women interviewed
had talked to their partners from the early stages...few women
told their children at that time,'' report Barnes and colleagues
in the August 19-26th issue of the British Medical Journal.

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