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There are four words no parent or family ever wants to hear: Your child has cancer. Families facing pediatric cancer experience a wide range of emotions, often feeling scared, overwhelmed, frustrated, helpless or hopeless. And each family member may experience different emotions at different times, making it difficult to navigate and support each other. These and related issues are the focus in September as families, caregivers, charities and research groups across the U.S. observe Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Sarah McCarthy, a psychologist at Mayo Clinic, will discuss how families cope with a devastating diagnosis. And Randall Mc Keeman, a child life specialist at Mayo Clinic, will explain what child life specialists do to help children and their families cope with illness. Also on the program, filmmaker Ken Burns will preview his documentary, "The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science." Burns is the executive producer of the film, which will air Sept. 25 from 9 to 11 p.m. EDT on PBS stations. The documentary will be rebroadcast Sept. 26 from 10 p.m. to midnight EDT. And Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, will answer this question: Does aspirin help prevent stroke and heart attacks?
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