Talking to kids about cancer: A guide for people with cancer, their families and friends
Cancer Council Australia (AUS, 2018)
This excellent resource is a great place to start, when you’re considering the best way to talk to your children about your cancer diagnosis. This easy-to-read book provides an insight into effects on children from 0 to 18 when someone they know is diagnosed with cancer. Covers all stages of the cancer experience, and includes links to where to go for more information.
(book, 65 pages. View online as a PDF, and hard copy)
Dealing with your parent’s cancer
CanTeen (AUS, 2010)
This book, available online or in hard copy, provides practical tips and reassurance for 12 to 25 year olds who have had a parent diagnosed with cancer. It provides help with understanding what is going on with their parents, as well as how they can cope with everyday life during this difficult time. Includes information on where to go for more help or information.
(book, 81 pages. PDF, ebook to view online, and hard copy)
The thing about cancer. Episode 5: Explaining cancer to kids
Cancer Council New South Wales (AUS, 2017)
In this podcast, Julie McCrossin and CanTeen's John Friedsam discuss ways to talk to your children about your diagnosis.
Talking to children and teenagers about cancer
Macmillan Cancer Support (UK, 2019)
This page provides practical advice on how, when and where you might tell your child or teenager about your cancer diagnosis. As this is a UK-based website treatments and support services discussed here may not be available to Australians.
University of Sheffield (UK)
This British website provides support and information to teenagers who have a parent with cancer. Includes a useful stories section where teenagers can select a story of a person who has been experiencing similar emotions to them.
Counterpart Resource Centre: children's books
Counterpart library has a collection of picture books for children, to help parents explain cancer and cancer treatment. Please contact the Resource Centre for help finding resources for your child. Counterpart provides resources to women who have had an experience of breast or a gynaecological cancer, in Victoria.