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How do I tell my young children their grandma has cancer and may die soon?

How do I tell my young children their grandma has cancer and may die soon?

Death: This depends on many factors. The age of the children, their relationship with grandma, what grandma would like. No one knows exactly how long a person will live with cancer so it is difficult to tell the children. There are several books on the subject. Find a support group with your church or hospital to find help. Talk to friends who have lost loved ones and ask how they handled it. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Can you tell me are black moles a sign of cancer in young children?

Can you tell me are black moles a sign of cancer in young children?

Biopsy: The only definitive way to confirm suspicious lesions will be with biopsy of the lesion. ...Read more

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What's the best way to tell kids that grandma is dying from cancer. They are 9 and 5.?

What's the best way to tell kids that grandma is dying from cancer. They are 9 and 5.?

Grandma upstairs: There are many ways to introduce the problem of death. I have often recommended a book called grandma upstairs. I also believe honesty is most important. Children usually know something is wrong but often won't voice there fears or concerns. Talk to them and answer any questions honestly. ...Read more

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My grandma has cancer she is 77 years young she has had polyps in the past and removed or so she thought wow?

My grandma has cancer she is 77 years young she has had polyps in the past and removed or so she thought wow?

Does g'ma: Have colon cancer? Polyps are signals of risk, and sometimes they have cancer in the stalk. One does not age out of risk. Surveillance frequency is altered by polyp # and location. If i understand your question, she still may do very well with treament. ...Read more

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My grandmas been feelin sad lately and today she got a CT scan and they found cancer in her brain. Is she going to die?

My grandmas been feelin sad lately and today she got a CT scan and they found cancer in her brain. Is she going to die?

I am sorry to hear: this. There are different types of brain tumors in different locations. They carry different prognoses & require different treatments. Your grandmother should be able to get more specific info from her physicians. Take care. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my grandmas been feelin sad lately and today she got a CT scan and they found cancer in her brain :/ will she most likely die?

What do you suggest if my grandmas been feelin sad lately and today she got a CT scan and they found cancer in her brain :/ will she most likely die?

Depends: This depends upon exactly what was found on the scan. There are some forms of cancer that can be removed. Others are very slow growing and may not cause issues for a long time. Others come from other parts of the body and reflect a part of an overall process. Should follow up with doctor to have questions answered on what she can expect and what the next step should be. ...Read more

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How do I tell kids grandma has blood and lymph cancer? What do they need to know?

How do I tell kids grandma has blood and lymph cancer? What do they need to know?

It is not infectious: The kids need to be reassured that they will not catch the disease from grandma. Other than that you may communicate the diagnosis according to the level of their understanding. It is a cancer, but you may wish to avoid that term and state that she has a disorder of the lymph glands. ...Read more

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How do I tell my young daughter that her mother has cancer?

How do I tell my young daughter that her mother has cancer?

Simple/positive: For the young child short simple words with repitition over time will communicate the basics. Young kids face some additional needs that can be addressed over time: they did not do or say or wish anything that made mommy sick. There will always be someone making sure she has meals to eat & places to play & sleep if mommy is away trying to get better. Let her ask when ready but repeat often. ...Read more

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How do you tell your child you're going to die of cancer?

How do you tell your child you're going to die of cancer?

Death and cancer: This is a profound question and very important. It depends on the age of the children and the situation concerning the cancer. Is the other parent there to help? I would discuss this with your doctor, and hopefully you are in a support group that can help you. Also if you have religeous faith you can discuss it with chuch members. Hopefully you wil get well and not have to face this problem. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what number of non-smokers die of cancer each year in the us?

Can you tell me what number of non-smokers die of cancer each year in the us?

About 1/3 of all: Cancer deaths in the us are related to smoking. About 500, 000 people die of cancer each year, which means about 320, 000 or so of those deaths are in non-smokers. However, since smokers are now only 18% of the population, their risk of cancer is twice that of non-smokers in general, and for some cancers (like lung) 85+% of cases are in smokers, and for head/neck cancer 90% are smokers/drinkers. ...Read more