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Table 2 Attitude of mother towards informing children of diagnosis (n = 28)

From: Impact of maternal breast cancer on school-aged children in Saudi Arabia

  Mean (SD) % (n)
Told children diagnosis, % yes -- 75% (21)
Age of child when told (ages 5–16), y   
   1st child 13.0 (2.5) --
   2nd child 8.7 (1.9) --
   3rd child 5.9 (1.8) --
Why told (n = 21), % yes (n)
   Know from me -- 47.6 (10)
   Child more scared if not told -- 42.8 [9]
   Empower them -- 42.8 [9]
   Help cope better with disease -- 33.3 [7]
   Increase faith in God’s reward -- 23.8 [5]
Why wait or not tell, % yes (n)
   No need to scare -- 35.7 (10)
   Issue for adults only --- 25.0 [7]
   No benefit -- 10.7 [3]
   Might damage personality -- 10.7 [3]
   Don’t want to hurt child -- 0.0 (0)
Talked to child about cancer, % yes (n) -- 71.4 (20)
What told child, % yes (n)
   A disease like any disease -- 39.3 (11)
   New treatment with good results -- 39.3 (11)
   Allah’s love to test us and reward -- 39.3 (11)
   Will take time to recover -- 25.0 [7]
   Believe Allah will be there and pray -- 21.4 [6]
Explained treatment to child, % yes (n) -- 60.7 (17)
What told child about treatment, % yes (n)
   Treatment will take long time -- 57.1 (16)
   Might lose hair -- 50.0 (14)
   Might need surgery -- 39.3 (11)
   Will suffer from side effects -- 25.0 [7]
   Won’t be able to do things like before -- 14.3 [4]
   Love them and need their help -- 14.3 [4]