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    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.

  • 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 Read more [...]

  • Help for brothers and sisters – a video for kids

    When it comes to childhood cancer, brothers and sisters of a diagnosed child have specific needs. In fact, many “well” siblings will report feeling alone, lost and neglected. While there are various materials available that have been specifically written for parents to help address these needs, we’ve found a resource that is specifically geared to kids themselves – both the diagnosed and the well sibling! The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation in the U.S. created this fun and educational video as a way to emotionally support siblings of kids with cancer. The video is part of the Imaginary Friend Society series and was Read more [...]

  • Bereavement and grief

    Bereavement is the loss of someone through death, and grief is our response to loss. The grief that follows a young person’s death lasts a lifetime, and losing a child to cancer is one of the most devastating things that can happen to any family. When your child dies is a booklet from Redkite that uses the real experiences of bereaved parents to help other parents and carers following the death of their child.  It is important to remember that grief is personal and unique – everybody grieves differently and that’s okay. There will be a number of different factors that will Read more [...]

  • For teachers: Cancer in the school community

    This booklet from Camp Quality offers tips for supporting children facing cancer in the school environment. This may include children with cancer, siblings of children with cancer, or children who have a parent with cancer. For any school experiencing cancer, it is important that teachers and support staff are equipped to educate the children about cancer and answer any difficult questions. Common questions from classmates include: How did they get sick? Can I catch it? Should I share things that are bothering me? They seem silly or trivial compared to what my friend is going through. What am I supposed Read more [...]

  • Kids Kicking Cancer: martial arts therapy

    Kids Kicking Cancer is a not-for-profit organisation that teaches the mind-body techniques of Martial Arts instruction, breath work and meditation to empower children beyond the pain and discomfort of disease. Kids Kicking Cancer now offers help and services to not only cancer patients, but any child in pain from a serious illness. They currently operate the Heroes’ Circle program in America, Canada, Israel and Italy and support ill children and their siblings aged 3-23 years old. Using martial arts therapy, Kids Kicking Cancer staff teaches ill children and their siblings to: Regain a sense of control over the chaos of their Read more [...]

  • Supporting siblings of childhood cancer patients

    This web page on the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute website discusses how various support services can support siblings of childhood cancer patients. Please note: this article mentions children who have died. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on siblings, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Helping healthy children cope when a sibling has cancer

    Cancer.Net offers advice on how to help healthy children cope when a sibling has cancer. It’s been broken up into three sections including: Recognize emotions that siblings may feel Understand what behavior to expect from siblings Help siblings cope Cancer Advisor has a range of resources for siblings, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Siblings You Matter! – a short documentary

    Hi, My name is Genevieve Stonebridge, and I am a clinical counsellor in Victoria, BC, Canada. I created this short video ‘You Matter’ from a research study I did on the experience of undiagnosed siblings who had a brother or sister with cancer. If you want to know why I created this video and my personal connection to cancer, please read more below. If you want to just skip to learning some ways you can help support siblings then please press play!   Why I made this video: When I was 18 I was diagnosed with and treated for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (that Read more [...]

  • 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. Read more [...]

  • 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 Read more [...]

  • The Value of Community During Cancer

    Below is a blog post on The Value of Community During Cancer. This article first appeared on www.YouCan.org and was contributed by Anastasia who lost her sister to cancer. Chrisy is my dear sister who was diagnosed at the age of 17 in 2010 with rhabdomyosarcoma (a very very rare type of cancer). At the time of her diagnosis she was in year 12 and I was in year 10. As we were both young, it was very hard to comprehend what cancer is and how fast it could ruin the human body. Slowly we started to learn everything from the moment Read more [...]

  • Siblings and grief

    Paediatric Palliative Care provide helpful information to help you navigate siblings and grief. It breaks it down by ages including teenagers and primary-school children. It also offers useful resources and books. 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Why siblings of children with illnesses need attention

    Why siblings of children with illnesses may need the most attention is a personal story published by The Mighty. In this piece a mother shares her experience and advice about the “sibling effect” which she calls a complicated part of childhood cancer. For further reading, Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on siblings. 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 looking for. Before you go We’d love you to share your insights and knowledge to help other Read more [...]