Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #12: Advice for Parenting During Cancer Treatment

 

Sarah Silvia and family

Sarah Silvia and her children benefited from Dana-Farber’s Family Connections program.

Parents face many unique challenges when diagnosed with cancer. Perhaps one of the biggest hurdles is learning how to communicate with children about this difficult and emotional subject.

“It’s important children can feel there’s open communication and they can ask questions,” says Kelly (Drummond) Giles, LICSW, a Dana-Farber social worker who helps guide parents in these difficult conversations through Dana-Farber’s Family Connections program. “Getting information from you first and honestly is very important because it builds trust and kids know they can come to you.”

In this Cancer Conversations podcast episode, Giles joins fellow Dana-Farber social worker Allison Dibiaso, LICSW, and Sarah Silvia, a single mom who was treated for lymphoma. The three share advice and discuss some of the common challenges parents face during treatment.

Listen to the podcast episode below or click “download” to listen later. Subscribe options are also available via iTunes, Google Play, the Stitcher app, TuneIn app, and RSS.

The Cancer Conversations series features Q&A-style conversations with Dana-Farber physicians, clinicians, and researchers. Topics include breast cancer research, precision cancer medicine, integrative therapies, cancer genetics, and more. Visit the Cancer Conversations page for more episodes and the Dana-Farber podcast page for more cancer podcast series.

 

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