n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Communication in the diagnosis of childhood cancer : main article

Volume 28, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Conveying the news in a thoughtful, caring and hopeful way shows respect and empathy for the family. Effective, compassionate and open communication has a positive impact on the way in which the family copes. It also helps to establish a relationship of long-term trust. Communicating the diagnosis should be the first building block in an ongoing communicative process. An honest and a humane approach that conveys some hope is advocated.

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