Tag: relationship wellbeing

  • For young adults – cancer and your family

    If you’re a young person diagnosed with cancer you probably have lots of questions about how it will affect your family. While every family is different and has its own strengths and quirks, it may be helpful to consider some common questions. Click on a section below to see some tips and hints, as well as recommendations for further reading. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources for young people facing cancer, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Advice on friendship during your cancer journey

    This article Cancer and your friends from Redkite offers some advice around friendship during your cancer journey. Often young people find telling their friends about their cancer diagnosis particularly difficult. Even without cancer, people and relationships change – you may find that certain friendships change and new ones may emerge. Some ways to maintain friendships during this time include: Try to be honest and open with them if you can and lean on them when you need to Warn them you may be snappy or angry at times and ask them to forgive you if needed Ask them to keep inviting you […]

  • Helping a child to understand cancer

    The US website Cancer.Net offers advice to help a child understand cancer. They say: “For most parents, few things are as frightening as hearing from the doctor that your child has cancer. Parents are dealing with their own fears and confusion at this time. Yet, they must also face the task of helping their child understand his or her diagnosis.” It suggests what to tell your child based on their age and is broken up into age-appropriate sections including: aged 0-3, aged 3-7, aged 7-12, and teenagers. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources for parents of children with cancer, but we […]

  • Childhood cancer: Reflections from a sister

    In this short video from the American Cancer Society, Sophie opens up about what it’s like to be sister to a child with cancer. Sophie’s brother was just three years old when he was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. Although her brother survived his cancer, Sophie talks about the lasting emotional impact it has had on her. She talks about her experience as a sibling, noting that cancer had a profound impact on her formative years. When a child or a young person is diagnosed with cancer, the enormity of this is felt throughout the family. In particular, siblings of any age feel the […]

  • Support for grandparents of kids with cancer

    Grandparents of Kids with Cancer is a web page which offers support for grandparents around the world, giving them a place to share their experiences with other people who have a grandchild with cancer. They advocate for the important role that grandparents play in the family, and acknowledge the emotional and practical needs of grandparents. On the website they say, “Being told that your grandchild has cancer is devastating. Not only is your grandchild going through the most traumatic experience, but your own child is also facing the worst pain imaginable. Talking to other grandparents who are going through the […]

  • Keeping your child healthy during cancer remission

    This factsheet from US website familydoctor.org offers some information and tips for parents when their child finishes treatment. Whether your child is in partial or complete remission, you may have questions like ‘what do I do next?’ and fears like ‘what if the cancer comes back?’ This article covers some topics including: Nutrition and exercise, Keeping records of your child’s treatment, and Late effects. To end this resources suggests Questions to ask your doctor such as: What kinds of symptoms should I look for that mean I should call you? What doctors should my child see now that the cancer is […]

  • Looking after yourself during cancer

    This page from Redkite gives an overview of how to take care of yourself physically and emotionally during your cancer journey. A large part of dealing with cancer is learning how to take care of yourself so that you are better prepared for challenges, but also ready to enjoy good things that come your way. Redkite offers tips on: Self-care Looking after your body Looking after your mind Having fun and taking risks Redkite provides a range of support services for young people with cancer including practical tips, financial assistance, and professional counselling. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources […]

  • Leukaemia Foundation: After a blood cancer diagnosis

    The Leukaemia Foundation’s After Diagnosis is an in-depth online guide to managing the challenges of a blood cancer diagnosis. It provides information to help patients and their families cope with the complex practical and emotional issues that come with living with blood cancers and related blood disorders. Areas covered include: Family Matters, Telling Others, Looking After Yourself, The New You, Body Image, Providing Support, Pregnancy with a Blood Cancer, Coping as a Carer, and Travel Tips. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on leukaemia, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Sibling support from CanTeen

    My brother or sister has cancer is a suite of information resources for young people who have a sibling with cancer published by CanTeen. This sibling support resources are aimed mostly at teenagers and young adults, so for supporting a younger sibling you may wish to check out these other resources on Cancer Advisor.  It can be really hard to ask for support. You might not be able to find the right words, feel embarrassed or scared of getting upset. Talking things through can be a big relief. It can help to put things into perspective and sort things out in your head. […]

  • PICS podcast about siblings of cancer patients

    Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service (PICS) have produced a 16-minute podcast about siblings of a cancer patient. This episode is one in a series called Life After Treatment. In episode 3 – a family therapist (Maria) and a mother (Bridget) talk about going through the cancer journey in regards to Noah who was born four months after his big brother Leo was diagnosed with cancer. The podcast also provides suggestions on how to manage emotions and other issues that parents and siblings might face. For further reading, Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on siblings. Or, if you have any questions that need […]

  • Perspectives on marriage with critically-ill children

    Make a Wish in the U.S. asked parents of critically ill children to share perspectives on marriage with critically-ill children. The website says, “Marriage is already a complicated and often tense subject. Add into that the stresses of caring for a child with a critical illness. This week for our community question, we asked how parents have made it through these circumstances with or without divorce and their advice to others.” Read more here.  Cancer Advisor has a range of resources for partners, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • 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. 1 Title: A Guide to Supporting […]

  • Taking care of relationships while your child has cancer

    Paediatric Integrated Cancer Services factsheet for taking care of relationships while your child has cancer. This 2-page PDF covers relationships: with your partner with your other children with your family and friends. Cancer Advisor has found a range of resources on relationships. Psst … before you go If you haven’t already make sure to register. That way you can comment, give a ‘thumbs up’ to material you like, and submit your own content. Best of all, you’ll receive information tailored to your specific needs and preferences such as particular cancer type and age group. And you’ll receive regular notifications when fresh content, […]

  • Sibling support during palliative care

    Siblings need support and resources when their brother or sister is in palliative care. This factsheet from Paediatric Palliative Care provides information on how you might tell your children about the diagnosis of a life-limiting. Further Reading Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on End of Life including sibling grief, grandparent grief and paediatric palliative care. Otherwise, take a look at Cancer Advisor’s recommended sibling posts. Please note: if you have any questions that need answering or specific content you want to see, please let us know on our Feedback and Contact. We want to help you find what you’re looking for.

  • Supporting your partner when your child has a life-limiting illness

    Supporting your partner when your child has a life-limiting illness is mostly unspoken territory. That doesn’t mean that relationship wellbeing shouldn’t be prioritised. This factsheet from Paediatric Palliative Care discusses how a child’s life-limiting illness might impact relationships. It also offers strategies to manage various issues including anger, unmet expectations and intimacy. Further Reading Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on End of Life including sibling grief, grandparent grief and paediatric palliative care. Please note: if you have any questions that need answering, please let us know on our Feedback and Contact page. We want to help you find what you’re […]

  • Cancer Dads – The forgotten half

    Matt is a Cancer Dad whose daughter Sally was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at only 10 months old. On his blog Sweet Sally Sunshine, he shares his thoughts on what it means to be a Cancer Parent and the important role both mums and dads play when their child is receiving treatment for cancer. Cancer Advisor has a range of content pieces for dads experiencing childhood cancer. Or, if you have any questions that need answering or specific content you want to see, please let us know on our Feedback and Contact. We want to help you find what you’re […]

  • Caring for a cancer survivor – Tips for coping

    Caring for a cancer survivor – Tips for coping is a factsheet from the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre and the Peter MacCullum Cancer Centre. This four-page PDF covers topics such as: Does the caring role end once treatment is over? Getting back to ‘normal’ Common feelings Learning to cope with your feelings Fear of the cancer coming back Coping with practical issues (work, finances and home) Caring for yourself Staying fit and healthy Preparing for the days ahead “Being a carer for someone with cancer can be a rewarding and special experience,” the factsheet explains. “However, it may also be […]