- Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing with Diagnosis
- Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing with Treatment
- Talking to Kids About Cancer
- Taking Time: Support for People with Cancer
- Cancer Care Reading Room
- After Diagnosis: A Guide for Parents and Families
This will take you to a page with detailed medical information, advice, and support from others with the same type of cancer.
At this site, you can also read the Cancer Overview for your type of cancer. This will give you information about:
- The type of cancer you have
- How the cancer can be treated
- Specific questions you can ask your doctor
- Life after treatment
You can also visit:
Some people may find it helpful to speak with someone on the phone for support.
American Cancer Society: 1-800-227-2345
Offers information and referrals on various issues related to cancer, including treatment, services, literature, transportation, equipment, encouragement, and support. Services are available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
Cancer Care, Inc.: 1-800-813-4673
Provides free counseling for cancer patients and their families. Also offers financial assistance, information and referrals, and community and professional education. Teleconference programs available. Ongoing telephone and in-person support groups.
Cancer Hope Network: 1-877-467-3638
Offers one-on-one support to cancer patients undergoing treatments and their families from trained volunteers who are also cancer survivors.
National Cancer Institute: 1-800-422-6237
Provides information on various issues related to cancer. Cancer information specialists have access to comprehensive, accurate information on a range of cancer topics — including the most recent advances in cancer treatment.
All of the following resources are available from the American Cancer Society, unless otherwise noted. Call 1-800-227-2345 to ask about the cost or to place an order.
For Young Children
Remember to read these books with your child.
- Because… Someone I Love Has Cancer: Kids' Activity Book (Best for ages 5 to 10)
Published by the American Cancer Society
- Let My Colors Out (Best for ages 4 to 8)
By Courtney Filigenzi
- Mom and the Polka-Dot Boo-Boo (Best for ages 2 to 5; specifically about breast cancer)
By Eileen Sutherland
- Nana, What's Cancer (Best for ages 5 to 12)
By Beverlye Hyman Fead and Tessa Mae Hamermesh
- Our Mom Has Cancer (Best for ages 5 to 12)
By Abigail Ackermann and Adrienne Ackermann
- Our Dad is Getting Better (Best for ages 5 to 12)
By Alex Silver, Emily Silver, and Anna Rose Silver
- Our Mom is Getting Better (Best for ages 5 to 12)
By Alex Silver, Emily Silver, and Anna Rose Silver
- Becky and the Worry Cup (Best for ages 5 to 10; sold with “When a Parent Has Cancer” by the same author)
By Wendy Harpham
- In Mommy's Garden: A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children (Best for very young children; also available in Spanish)
By Neyal J. Ammary
- Lost and Found: A Kid's Book for Living Through Loss (Best for ages 9 to 12)
By Marc Gellman and Debbie Tilley
- My Mommy Has Cancer (Best for ages 4 to 7)
By Carolyn S. Parkinson
- Sammy's Mommy Has Cancer (Books to Help Children) (Best for ages 4 to 7)
By Sherry Kohlenberg
- The Paper Chain (Best for ages 4 to 9)
By Claire Blake, Eliza Blanchard, and Kathy Parkinson
- The Year My Mother Was Bald (Best for ages 9 to 12)
By Ann Speltz and Kate Sternberg
- Tickles Tabitha's Cancer-Tankerous Mommy (Best for ages 4 to 7)
By Amelia Frahm
- Vanishing Cookies: Doing OK When a Parent Has Cancer (Best for ages 9 to 12)
By Michelle B. Goodman
- When Someone You Know Has Cancer (A children’s activity booklet featuring the award-winning children’s book and show character, Arthur)
- Cancer Book for Kids: Someone I Love is Sick
For Older Children and Teens:
Even if your older child can read on her own, keep in mind that these resources may be more helpful to your child if you read them with her.
- When Your Brother or Sister Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens
National Cancer Institute, 1-800-4-CANCER or http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/when-your-sibling-has-cancer
- When Your Parent Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens
National Cancer Institute, 1-800-4-CANCER or http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/when-your-parent-has-cancer-guide-for-teens
These resources can give you valuable information to help your children cope with your illness.
- Can I Still Kiss You? Answering Your Children's Questions About Cancer
By Neil Russell
- Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer: A Guide for Parents
By Peter Van Dernoot and Madelyn Case
- How to Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness
By Kathleen McCue and Ron Bonn
- Life and Loss: A Guide to Help Grieving Children
By Linda Goldman
- When a Parent Has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children
By Wendy S. Harpham
- Cancer in the Family: Helping Children Cope with a Parent's Illness
By Sue Heiney, Joan Hermann, Katherine Bruss, and Joy Fincannon
Videos for Children and Adults
We Can Cope: Helping Parents Help Children When a Parent Has Cancer. DVD has sections for teens, younger children, and parents, as well as a guidebook on how to use it. Check your cancer treatment center library or call Inflexxion at 1-800-848-3895, extension 276 (or extension 201) for information on how to buy it. (Cost: $99.95)
Kids Tell Kids What It's Like When Their Mother or Father Has Cancer. Children talk about coping with their parents' cancer. Best watched as a family to help kids and parents talk about cancer's effects on their lives. Check your cancer center treatment library or you can buy it from www.cancervive.org (cost: $40.00).