Nothing can ever prepare you for the experience. But having the support of friends and family as well as other parents whose children are affected by cancer can help you through, as well as arming yourself with the right information.
If you are in this situation please read an open letter written by a parent – it will reassure you that you are not alone.
Make sure that your child is being seen by a specialist in childhood cancer and treated at a specialist treatment centre.
Have a look through the CHOC website as well as Childhood Cancer International (formerly the International Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parents Organisations). Link to the CCI website for useful resources and information.
Please contact your nearest CHOC region or branch for more information and support.
You can also read the CHOC Parent Handbook or download it here. CHOC social workers give copies of this handbook to parents of newly-diagnosed children when they are admitted into the hospital and the social workers also use this as a resource when spending time with parents.