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New Pediatric Video Comforts Kids with Cancer



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Childhood cancer is a scary diagnosis and catches most parents by surprise. Even so, every day, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer, and more than 40,000 undergo cancer treatment each year. The highest incidence of leukemia and brain tumors occurs in children between 1 and 4 years old.

To help address some of the needs of this special group, KidsHealth.org has created A Boy Named Finn, a 12-minute video for preschool cancer patients and their families that provides a gentle overview of common cancer treatment experiences. Developed with help from pediatric oncologists, child psychologists, social workers, and other experts in pediatric cancer treatment, A Boy Named Finn focuses on comforting themes like the value of family support, and also answers common questions on tough topics like hospital stays, medicine, needles, and being separated from parents.

To keep the mood upbeat and playful, Finn jokes, sings songs, and does some silly dancing as he retells his own cancer story, starting with his diagnosis at age 4. The show flashes back to that first day in the hospital, and how he adjusted to sleeping over at the hospital, and got to know the doctors and nurses who would take care of him. Finn also shares how he and his family stuck together and made it through difficult days.

A Boy Named Finn was created in part by a grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels® and co-produced by Little Airplane Productions, and can be viewed at kidshealth.org/parent/general.

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