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How To Help a Child Cope With Leukemia or Lymphoma

Cancer is hard for anyone to deal with. For children and teenagers it’s often even more stressful, emotional and difficult. Since September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month – a time to raise knowledge, support and awareness of leukemia and lymphoma – we’re offering some tips for parents, guardians and caregivers on how they can help a child facing these or other cancers.

Leukemia and Lymphoma

Leukemia and lymphoma are types of cancer that affect the blood or bone marrow, according to the American Association for Cancer Research®. Leukemia develops in tissues that form blood, while lymphoma begins in the lymph system (a part of the immune system). In the U.S. alone, over 60,000 people are newly diagnosed with leukemia, and more than 81,000 with lymphoma, every year. This includes both children and adults. According to the AACR, leukemia’s the most common cancer in those under 15 years old.

How Cancer Affects Children and Teens

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® provides great resources to help adults understand what children and teens with cancer are experiencing and feeling. Their entire webpage is worth a deep dive, but here are the basics you should know:

How You Can Help

If your young loved one has cancer, the Society gives great advice on how you can be at their side and help them during this difficult journey:

No one should face cancer alone – especially children and teenagers. If you have a loved one in your life with leukemia or lymphoma, be that support they need. You can bring love and comfort – and make a true difference.

To learn more about leukemia and lymphoma – in children and adults – check out these links: