7 resources for relationship wellbeing for young people

­­Valentine’s Day is almost here, which means it’s hard to escape the roses and hearts all over social media, and shop windows. If you’re dealing with cancer right now, romance may not be top of your agenda. However, love and sex are important parts of life, and there are ways to keep the spark alive through tough times.

Whether you’re a young adult thinking about starting a sexual relationship or a teenager whose partner has a diagnosis, we’ve found a range of resources to help keep your intimate and romantic relationships in good shape.


Title: A Guide to Supporting Your Partner When They Have Cancer


Format: A 32-page online PDF

About: CanTeen’s guide for young people aged 16-24 acknowledges that being a partner of someone with cancer isn’t easy – it can be scary and confusing. This booklet can help you understand those emotions and prepare you for the future. Please note this booklet deals with themes around all possible stages of a cancer journey, including relapse and end of life.

Source: https://www.canteen.org.au/resource/a-guide-to-supporting-your-partner-when-they-have-cancer/


Title: Information for Partners

Format: A short online factsheet

About: Offers insight and suggestions for partners of young people, based on the knowledge and experience of Redkite social workers.

Source: https://www.redkite.org.au/support/parents-carers/partners


Title: Make-up tips

Format: A step-by-step webpage

About: Look Good Feel Better offers easy to follow make-up tips and advice for feeling attractive and confident during cancer treatment. Perfect for date night – even if your date is at the hospital café!

Source: https://lgfb.org.au/make-up-tips/


Title: Dating and Intimacy


Format: A video series by health experts, young adult survivors and psychologists

About: Cancer.Net and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) uncover how cancer treatment may cause sex-related side effects and how to cope with any challenges that may arise.

Source: https://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/videos/young-adults-cancer/dating-and-sexuality


Title: Cancer and Relationships

Format: A short online factsheet

About: Redkite offers various suggestions on sharing a diagnosis with a partner: “There’s no right way to break the news, but it’s a good idea to put yourself in their shoes and think about what you’d want to know.”

Source: https://www.redkite.org.au/support/15-24-years/partners



Title: Having Sexual Relationships During and After Cancer Treatment.

Format: A 7-page factsheet

About: FUTuRE Fertility Research Team focuses on sexuality, sexual relationships before and after cancer and the physical and emotional changes that could happen. It includes information for both men and women discussing topics such as hormone therapy, body image and fertility.

Source: http://www.futurefertility.com.au/Resources/1415857453_Having_Sexual_Relationships_During_and_After_Cancer_Treatment-_Final.pdf


Title: Maybe later baby? A guide to relationships, sex and fertility for young people after cancer

Format: A 50-page e-book

About: CanTeen’s comprehensive guide helps you understand your fertility options during and after treatment. Written in collaboration with young people facing cancer.

Source: https://www.canteen.org.au/resource/guide-fertility-young-people-cancer/?

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