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What affects does cancer have on a child? (when a family member or loved one is diagnosed)
By: Cora womack
How does it affect their school environment?
When someone close to you is diagnosed with cancer it can make going to school everyday more of a drag then it already is.
It may cause a child to:
Daydream or doze off during class
Act up at random times
Fall behind in school
During this time the child probably doesn't have homework at the top of their priority list meaning that they’ll probably start to fall behind which could cause stress and could be part of the reason they're acting up on top of having to deal with life outside of school.
How will their life be impacted?
If the parent diagnosed is a single parent then the child may be staying with another family member.
If the parent diagnosed is married then the child may be taking on more roles at home trying to help the other parent.
If the cancer is terminal then they will probably fall into a depression and have to learn how to live without their parent which may mean they have to move in with another family member
For example, in a monster calls when conor lost his mother and he had to move in with his grandma even though they didn’t get along very well, they were going to have to learn.
If the cancer isn't terminal their family could be dealing with the bills forever.
What are the costs?
The costs of treatments are very expensive
Newer cancer treatments could cost an average of $10,000 per month
Some therapies could cost up to $30,000
The overall cost depends on how many treatments there were and how long they lasted, some could be so expensive that you may be in debt your whole life
Some things you may be paying for are;
Funeral stuff (if terminal)
*main source was American Cancer Society*
What goes unsaid
Children are affected by what they aren't told about cancer because the things they aren't told could clear up any confusion they're having and kids like to know what's happening just as much as the adults. So its good to sit down and explain to them what's happening an what it could mean for the future.