- Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Treatment
- Why tell children about the cancer treatment?
- What do children need to know about the cancer treatment?
- How do we handle all the changes?
- How can I make sure my child understands what I tell them?
- What if my child starts acting differently after I start treatment?
- How can relatives and friends help my children?
- Should children visit the hospital or clinic?
- How much should I tell my child’s school about my illness?
- What if people ask my child about my illness?
- How do families deal with uncertainty after treatment?
- Cancer changes everyone in the family.
- Does having cancer cause special problems in non-traditional families?
- What helps, by age of the child
- Words to describe cancer and its treatment
- To learn more
To learn more
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.
Dealing with cancer and its effects
After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Coping With Cancer in Everyday Life (also in Spanish)
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)
More on helping children with cancer in the family
It Helps to Have Friends When Mom or Dad Has Cancer (booklet for elementary school children)
Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Diagnosis (also in Spanish)
Cancer treatment information
A Guide to Chemotherapy (also in Spanish)
Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
A Guide to Cancer Surgery (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/cancer/bookstore to find out about costs or to place an order.
The books for children will be more helpful to younger kids if the parent reads it with them and talks about what it means to them and the family.
Cancer in the Family: Helping Children Cope With a Parent’s Illness (for adults)
Let My Colors Out (best for ages 4 to 8)
Angels & Monsters: A child’s eye view of cancer (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)
Couples Confronting Cancer: Keeping your Relationship Strong (for adults)
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 a 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: 01/29/2015
Last Revised: 04/27/2015