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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.

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

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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.

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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.



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



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


                *For a printable booklet:


Cancer Research UK. Talking to Children



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




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.



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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