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Talking to Children about Cancer

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Parents With Cancer, Tips for Talking to Kids - The mission of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Pyschiatry is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research, and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.

American Cancer Society: Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer - The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

Cancer.Net: Talking with Children About Cancer - This is the patient information web site of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). It is designed to help patients and families make informed health-care decisions.

CancerCare for Kids - CancerCare for Kids TM provides free, professional support services for parents, children and adolescents affected by cancer, as well as information about helping children understand cancer and additional resources.

Cancer Council: Talking to Kids about Cancer - Cancer Council New South Wales published the book, "Talking to Kids about Cancer " for anyone who needs to explain a diagnosis of cancer to children.

Cancer Research UK: Supporting Children - Cancer Research UK is a registered charity in the UK that promotes cancer research.  This site provides information on how to help a child if someone close to them is dying.

Children’s Treehouse Foundation - The Children’s Treehouse Foundation created a psychosocial intervention, group-support program for children whose parents have cancer. Read about the progam and find a location from this site.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Family Connections - The Family Connections Program at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center provides support and information to parents diagnosed with cancer.

National Cancer Institute: When Your Parent has Cancer, a Guide for Teens - The National Cancer Institute, established under the National Cancer Act of 1937, is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training.

Nemours: Talking to Kids about Cancer - The Nemours Center for Children's Health Media is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the health of children.

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey: How to Talk to Children about Cancer - This PDF document was adapted from a presentation originally given to a Materials for Children class, part of the Master of Library and Information Science at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information.

Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology: Talking to Kids and Teens about Cancer - The Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, which is part of the UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and UCLA Oncology, was designed to help patients and family members optimize their wellness and address the challenges throughout the continuum of cancer care.

Telling Kids About Cancer - Developed in partnership with RTI International, a nonprofit health research institute, Washington University in St. Louis Health Communication Research Library, StoryCorps, and CommunicateHealth, this comprehensive website provides a four-step process to speaking to children about cancer, including age-appropriate advice and additional resources.


Interactive Tutorials / Videos

YouTube Playlist: Kids with Cancer - A playlist of videos on children diagnosed with cancer, curated by the Resource and Learning Center.

YouTube Playlist: Parents with Cancer - A playlist of videos on parents diagnosed with cancer and their children, curated by the Resource and Learning Center.

November 2021