Category: Living

Phoenix, Arizona - This week, I'd like to introduce you to our American Cancer Society Navigators, Jeri Lensing and Angela Young at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minnesota, and Cathy Mikkelson at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Phoenix.

The Navigators work with patients and family members daily and have incredible information, support and resources to share. They put together these tips to help you when parenting through cancer.

As a parent, you may wonder how to best talk with your children about a diagnosis of cancer. Children can usually sense when something is wrong, even at a young age, so it's best to be honest with them. Here are a few tips:

It's important to explain your situation to your children's teachers as well, so that they may understand any behavior changes and assist in communication. Learning that a parent has cancer is an emotional time for children. Each child will deal with the news in a different way. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

For more information about how to connect with an American Cancer Society Navigator in your area, call 800-227-2345 or visit the ACS website ( Additional resources you may find helpful include CancerCare (; 800-813-4673) or KidsKonnected (; 800-899-2866).