SXSW 2019

The Big C: How to Tell Your Child You Have Cancer


A cancer diagnosis is overwhelming. Parents wonder if, when, and how to tell their
children and teens. Does it matter? Research says yes. Because how an adult shares difficult news with a child or teen impacts their coping, mental health, academic performance and future success. Hear how child life specialists and licensed counselors lead the big C conversation with families, and what tech, tools and tips can make it a success. If you know someone with cancer, this is the session for you.

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  1. How to explain cancer , its treatments and side-effects in age-appropriate, jargon-free ways
  2. Why hiding a cancer diagnosis from your children is a bad idea - and doesn't work.
  3. What technology, tools and talking tips exist to make a family conversation about cancer a successful experience.



Penney Berryman, Communications Director, Wonders & Worries

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Podcast
  • Track: Health & MedTech
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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