The main sources of information about Cancer are television soap operas, health campaigns and celebrities. It can be as well direct experience of relatives or friends’ parents with cancer. Parents sometimes misunderstood their children’s reactions and underestimated the emotional impact. They did not recognise the children’s need for more preparation and information about the illness and its treatment.
General practitioners, hospital specialists and nurses are well placed to help with these concerns. Further work is also needed to develop and evaluate information for children of parents with cancer about cancer and its treatments.