Cancer can be a frightening and confusing topic at any age. How do you start to explain cancer to a child who’s facing it? The Imaginary Friend Society, created by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, is a series of 20 kid-friendly animations that help introduce cancer, chemotherapy, MRIs, blood transfusions, surgery, and other cancer-related topics. They also address some of the emotions that come with the territory, like sadness, anger, and fear. Above, watch the foundation’s introductory film: Finding Out You Have Cancer, an animation by Giant Ant.

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Below, a wonderful short for any kid or adult who might be Feeling Sad. Animation by Uri Lotan, Hornet, and Eddy.

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What is cancer? This animation by Studio Pigeon explains.


K-1211 might be an imaginary friend, but he’s no stranger to the kind of fatigue that comes from having cancer treatment. Thankfully, he’s got enough energy to talk about being tired.” Animation by Airplan Studio.


And from Roof Studio: What is an MRI?


Find the entire animated series at ImaginaryFriendSociety.com.

Then listen to this episode of the But Why? podcast for curious kids:

Watch more videos about health, emotions, and the human body, including this video of a killer T cell attacking cancer, The Importance of Staring Out Of The Window, and how does your immune system work?

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