Helping Children When A Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Recurrence or Progressive Illness

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More information from your American Cancer Society

We have a lot more information that you might find helpful. Explore or call our National Cancer Information Center toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345. We’re here to help you any time, day or night.

Books from your American Cancer Society

Your American Cancer Society also has books that you might find helpful. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit our bookstore online at to find out about costs or to place an order.

Cancer in the Family: Helping Children Cope With a Parent’s Illness (for adults)

Because...Someone I Love Has Cancer: Kids’ Activity Book (best for ages 5 to 10)

Mom and the Polka-Dot Boo-Boo (about breast cancer, best for ages 2 to 5)

Nana, What’s Cancer? (best for ages 5 to 12)

Our Mom Has Cancer (best for ages 5 to 12)

Our Dad is Getting Better (best for ages 5 to 12)

Our Mom is Getting Better (best for ages 5 to 12)

American Cancer Society Complete Guide to Family Caregiving, 2nd Ed. (for adults)

National organizations and websites*

Cancer Really Sucks

    A monitored, online resource designed for teens by teens who have loved ones facing cancer

Phone number: 212-712-8848

    Offers “Pillow Talk,” a care package to help families better communicate with each other and feel more comfortable talking about cancer.


    Has online materials to help children cope with the diagnosis and treatment of a parent with cancer, including a virtual comic book for children about chemotherapy (Kemo Shark) and a video for kids about a mom with breast cancer

Kids Konnected
Toll-free number: 1-800-899-2866 (If you get voicemail, leave message to get a call back)

    A support network for children and teens who have a parent with cancer and for those who have lost a parent to cancer

Children’s Treehouse Foundation

    Website includes resources and locations of support programs for children whose parents have cancer.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237
TTY: 1-800-332-8615

*Inclusion on these lists does not imply endorsement by the American Cancer Society.

No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Last Medical Review: 12/05/2014
Last Revised: 12/12/2014