Helping Children When a Family Member has Cancer
CANCER FAMILIES – PROCESSING A CANCER DIAGNOSIS TOGETHER:
It all depends on how the adults close to them are able to handle the crisis. There is stress, intense feelings of fear, and uncertainty about what lies ahead.
How do parents continue to prepare their child/children for what lies ahead with treatment and beyond?
- American Psychological Association – Psychologists and new interventions are helping cancer families cope. http://www.apa.org/monitor/
- The National Cancer Institute offers an information / advice resource to assist children/teens in coping with a family cancer diagnosis: http://www.cancer.
gov/publications/patient- education/When- Your-Parent- Has-Cancer.pdf
- Cancer affects the entire family and often children need help with understanding and receiving support within the family as well as with their friends. Click here to obtain extensive information from the American Cancer Society on how to help children understand and deal with cancer.
- Cancer.Net – another good resource for parents /primary guardians/grandparents/teens to they can know and understand coping mechanisms. It contains useful information for all: http://www.cancer.net/coping-
with-cancer/talking-with- family- and-friends/talking- about-cancer/talking-with- your-teenager
Additional Assistance Resource Reading:
For children and Teens
* Cancer Family Care. WHAT ABOUT ME? A booklet for Teenage Children of Cancer Patients.
* National Cancer Institute. When Your Parent has Cancer: A Guide for Teens.
* American Cancer Society. It Helps To Have Friends: When Mom or Dad has Cancer.