Childhood Cancer

Childhood Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors

Chapter 6: Coping with Procedures

Mommy, I didn’t cry but my eyes got bright.

— A 4-year-old with cancer

THE PURPOSE OF THIS CHAPTER IS TO PREPARE both child and parent for several common procedures by providing detailed descriptions of each. Because almost all procedures are repeated frequently during the long treatment for childhood brain and spinal cord tumors, it is important to establish a routine that is comfortable for you and your child. The procedure itself may cause discomfort, but a well-prepared, calm child fares far better than an unprepared and frightened one.