Separation from their peers when your child has cancer

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Your teenager's friends can be an invaluable source of support for them during their cancer treatment. Find out how to encourage your child to stay in touch with their peers while in treatment.

Key points

  • Encourage your teen to stay in touch with their friends and help their peers understand what they are going through.
  • Help your teen understand that their friends may be nervous about cancer and not know how to talk about it.

Encourage your teen to stay as connected as possible with their peers. Having friends around is incredibly important through the teenage years, but it can be a challenge for teenagers who are not regularly attending school. Friends can be an amazing source of support through a teenager’s cancer journey. Remember to give your teenager privacy when friends visit.

Be aware that your teenager’s friends might also keep their distance. They may find it hard to know exactly how to support your teen, which may make your teen feel hurt, disappointed or angry. Talk to your teenager about their friendships, and encourage them to consider the fact that their friends may not always know about cancer or how to support them through it. Encourage them to keep reaching out to their friends and helping their peers understand what they’re going through. The communication section in the teen program has suggestions to help your teenager stay connected with their peer group.

Last updated: September 3rd 2019