Practical & Emotional Wellbeing Issues
Please find information below on a variety of issues affecting the practical and emotional wellbeing of children and young people who have been diagnosed with cancer.
A child being diagnosed and treated for cancer is a very stressful time for patients and their families. There are people who can help you through difficult times, such as psychologists, counsellors, chaplains and support groups. For more information please click on this link and read the information we have on our Support pages.
Some cancer treatments can have an adverse effect on your child's fertility and can complicate pregnancy. To find out more about male and female fertility issues, click here.
Some cancer patients find that physiotherapy and exercise can make a difference to how they feel. Advice on improving physical problems and exercise can be accessed through a Physiotherapist as an in-patient or out-patient. Click here to read '10 Good reasons to exercise'.
The Occupational Therapy service can offer advice and assistance with the physical and psychological affects of cancer, such as: anxiety management, fatigue management, functional activities like cooking and helping your child to manage at home. Advice on self-care e.g. washing and dressing, equipment and adaptations (to help with independence e.g. using a wheelchair) can be accessed through an Occupational Therapist. Click here to read more information from the Dundee Cancer Centre .
Certain types of cancer treatment can cause partial hair loss or thinning, or can cause people to lose hair from all over their body. Radiotherapy causes hair loss on the site of treatment whereas chemotherapy drugs have varying effects. If your child decides that they want to wear a wig, you may find it helpful to visit a wig specialist before your cancer treatment to help match your hair colour and style. For information on what to expect, click here.
Speech & Language Therapy
Having treatment for some types of head and neck cancers can affect your speech or ability to speak. The following links provide some information and advice: Changes in Speech & Changes to Speech - Head & Neck cancer.
Nutrition & Dietetics
Some patients need advice on what to eat and drink when going through treatment of after treatment. Dieticians can help to treat symptoms such as loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea and vomiting, constipation or diarrhoea. Click here for more information.
Losing a loved one to cancer can be devastating. Speaking with a bereavement counsellor or chaplin can help when coping with loss and they will be able to tell you where you can go for help and support. For more information click on the following links: Coping with Grief & Information and Advice on Bereavement.
There is a benefit for people aged 16+ called the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This benefit is available to people who have a health condition, whether in or out of work. The benefit is there to help people live as independently as possible and deal with any extra costs that can often come with having a health condition. To find out more click here.
For information on government benefits and charity grants click on this link.
Macmillan offers information on Childcare, when a parent or carer has cancer.
Information about housing and homelessness can be accessed here.
NHS Inform has general information on cancer issues.