A new edition of a storybook aimed at informing children about cancer has been released by CLIC Sargent and the Lymphoma Association.
The two charities worked together on Tom has lymphoma, which tells the story of a 10-year-old who has been diagnosed with the illness.
Young children are likely to have no experience of cancer, unless it affects an older relative. Being diagnosed themselves, or learning of a friend or sibling being diagnosed, can be scary and overwhelming.
Understanding a diagnosis
Tom has lymphoma is designed to be read with primary school-aged children in order to help them understand the cancer diagnosis, as well as the treatment process.
Simple language is used to explain the aspects of Tom’s care, including scans, treatment options and possible side-effects, such as hair loss.
The book also contains a glossary, which explains the words used by doctors and nurses, to help children understand the situation and feel more comfortable.
Children with cancer often look different, due to the effects of cancer treatment. They may also be off school a lot. By increasing understanding, we hope to encourage children to support their friend or family member who is unwell.