Wednesday, June 3, 2009

How do you tell a 10-year-old girl she has breast cancer?

One day Hannah Auslams’ mother asked her what was wrong and she told her that her nipple was itchy. Her mother insisted on checking it and when she saw the red nipple with the size of a ping pong ball she knew that something had to be wrong, but she didn’t think of breast cancer. Her parents assumed it was an innocent growth, but after a puncture the doctors discovered that the tumour was malignant. They were devastated and they had no idea how to tell Hannah this horrible news. The doctors couldn’t believe their eyes, because just one tenth of 1% of breast cancer cases are present at children. Hannah has undergone a partial mastectomy. She is very tired, but the operation was a success. When Hannah checked her wound and the removed breast she was shocked. She will start chemotherapy treatments at the end of the month. The bad news is that doctors have discovered that Hannah has cancerous lymph nodes as well which they will try to remove soon. Hannah wants to live like any other kid and when she will feel better she wants to set an example for other children. Her goal is to make sure other children won’t be too shy to tell their parents when something is wrong. Hopefully, Hannah will be healthy enough to go back to school in September.

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Breast cancer is something you won’t expect at that age so it must be really shocking to hear that your daughter has it. I think it must be even worse to tell it to your own child. How do you explain a 10-year-old that the doctors will have to remove a breast? Breasts are very important when little girls grow up and become an adolescent. Her parents have been sobbing for three days before telling Hannah the bad news. I can imagine that you need some time to think of what you’re going to tell your child and how to bring this bad news. At this age they probably don’t know much about this illness. I think Hannah is a very brave girl and I admire her for having the goal to help other children with cancer.


  1. wow i think this is the horror scenario for every parent and child. Think what Hannah must go through when she is at school. Children can be brutal to each other.


  2. That is horrible news. Will she ever be able to have a normal live. I do hope that she will recover and live day by day. I think it is very wise of her to have a goal that others are not shy to tell their parents when something is wrong.

  3. This is horrific! You don't expect a child that young to have breast cancer. Luckily they have discovered it now and not later. But the poor girl will have to undergo chemotherapy treatmens. I wish her all the best!