When a child has cancer, it impacts in many ways. This can include affecting the simple bodily functions that we take for granted.
This latest publication from the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust explores the challenges that children with cancer may have when going to the toilet. Problems in this area are common in unwell children, yet very little is covered in the written information that parents currently receive. The team at the GKCCT have worked to change this.
We asked the parents of children with cancer to identify areas that they felt needed increased written information. Going to the toilet and toileting problems is an area that many parents mentioned so we have decided to help.
The booklet is written in an easy to read format and is split into sections so that parents can turn to the information relevant to them. We explore the challenges that children with cancer may be facing and then explain what can be done to make things easier.
From diarrhoea and constipation to incontinence, fistulas and stomas, this booklet is designed to help parents and their child feel less alone. It also includes a section specifically for older children and young people to look at ways they can manage their condition with the least possible impact on their lives.
Paper copies of this publication are available free of charge across the UK and we are in the process of distributing them to all major treatment centres in the UK. In addition, electronic copies are available to download free of charge.
To order paper copies of the booklet or any of our other resources, please go to our publications order page here.