Treatment for childhood cancer can last several months to several years. That’s a long time for anyone, especially a child. Cancer treatment is not just physically challenging, it wears on emotions and deals a significant blow to family finances. Family and friends often want to help, but don’t know what to do or say when a child has cancer. At the same time, parents of cancer kids may find it hard to talk frankly about their challenges and needs, even with their closest friends and relatives. The following suggestions come from families across the country. We hope they provide some insight to friends and family who want to help during this difficult time.