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Talking with Children and Teens about Cancer

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If you’re looking for information and support to help you talk with children and teens about cancer, a variety of Canadian and international resources are available.

 

Canadian Resources

BC Cancer Agency: Children and the Family WebsitesThe BC Cancer Agency evaluated and compiled a list of helpful informational and support websites, printed materials, and multimedia for families and children who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

For more information, visit: bit.ly/BCCancerChildren

 

Canadian Cancer Society: Telling Children — The Canadian Cancer Society website offers information and strategies for talking with children about cancer.

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/CCSTellingChildren

 

Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology: Start the Talk website — Start the Talk is a comprehensive online resource for those who are seeking support regarding communication with children and teens about cancer. The website offers learning modules and videos that focus on a range of topics pertaining to talking with children and teens about cancer.

For more information, visit: https://startthetalk.ca/

 

 

International Resources

Several other organizations from around the world offer websites with information, strategies, and tips for talking with children about a variety of topics related to cancer.

 

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Talking with Your Children.

Visit: http://tinyurl.com/nbr64xz

 

American Cancer Society: Helping Children When a Family Member has Cancer: Dealing with Diagnosis.

Visit: bit.ly/ACSChildren

 

Australian Cancer Council – New South Wales. For Family and Friends.

Visit: www.cancercouncil.com.au/cancer-information/for-family-and-friends

                *For a printable booklet:  bit.ly/TalkingtoKids

 

Cancer Research UK. Talking to Children

Visit: bit.ly/UKTalkingtoChildren

 

National Cancer Institute (NCI). Talking to Children about Your Cancer

Visit: bit.ly/NCITalkingtoChildren

 

 

Additional Resources & Support

Telling Kids About Cancer is a website that provides a step-by-step process for talking with children about cancer, a conversation guide, and examples of conversations.

Visit:  www.tellingkidsaboutcancer.com

 

The book, When a Parent is Sick: Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children, by Joan Hamilton, is a helpful resource for parents and family members (Pottersfield Press, 2007).

 

For further support, Psychosocial Oncology offers counseling to individuals and families.  To contact the Psychosocial Oncology Department, call:

403-355-3207 (Calgary)

780-643-4304 (Edmonton)

 

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