- Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Recurrence or Progressive Illness
- How should I talk about cancer recurrence with my children and help them cope with it?
- What is a child’s greatest worry if a parent’s illness progresses?
- What about the “why” questions?
- How might my advancing cancer affect my child’s spirituality or religious faith?
- How do children react to the thought of a parent’s death?
- Isn’t having a positive attitude important in fighting the cancer?
- How can I help my child when I have so little energy?
- How will I know if my children need extra help?
- Will this experience leave my children with emotional scars?
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More information from your American Cancer Society
Here is more information you might find helpful. You also can order free copies of our documents from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read them on our website, www.cancer.org.
More on helping children with cancer in the family
Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Diagnosis (also in Spanish)
Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Treatment (also in Spanish)
It Helps to Have Friends When Mom or Dad Has Cancer (booklet for elementary school children)
Dealing with cancer recurrence
Anxiety, Fear, and Depression (also in Spanish)
Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home (also in Spanish)
Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain (also in Spanish)
Advanced cancer and end of life
Advanced Cancer (also in Spanish)
Bone Metastasis (also in Spanish)
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 www.cancer.org/bookstore 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
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
To learn more about cancer, or to get special information for teens; you can call to order a special booklet for teens whose parents have cancer or read it online at: www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/when-your-parent-has-cancer-guide-for-teens
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 www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 12/05/2014
Last Revised: 12/12/2014