Moon Balloon

"Cancer takes your family on a journey that you didn't necessarily plan for. The HCC program has ensured, through opening communication lines with my children, that I don't take the unplanned journey alone, but rather with my family right by my side."
- D.I., Survivor and Parent


Helpful Links

American Cancer Society
This resource provides in-depth advice and coping mechanisms for children whose parent has been diagnosed with cancer, from diagnosis and treatment to terminal illness. It gives specific guidance to parents on how to handle the situation with children aged 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and with teens.

Association of Oncology Social Work
AOSW is committed to providing information about resources to help with the challenges that cancer presents to you and your family. Services in your community can be valuable assets in getting through the day-to-day challenges facing you and your family. Finding an oncology social worker in your area is only a click away via ASOW's on-line searchable database of oncology social workers to find a clinician who may fit your needs.

Cancer Really Sucks
An Internet-only resource designed for teens by teens that have loved ones facing cancer. Teens are also able to post stories about their situations, ask other teens questions, speak with professionals through live chat, and much more.

CancerCare for Kids
Phone: 1 (800) 813-4673

Online support program is offered for teens with a parent, sibling, or other family member who has cancer.

Children's Treehouse Foundation
295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854
Phone: (978) 937-6000

A national organization providing hospital-based, cancer-focused, psychosocial intervention training and programming dedicated to improving the emotional health of children whose parents have cancer (Massachusetts locations as of 2012 are only in Lowell and Springfield, MA).

Family Connections
Family Connections is dedicated to supporting adult cancer patients who are parents and their children. Based at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, it aims to identify and respond to the needs of parents and children by supporting, supplementing, and empowering family coping.

Family Ties
Phone: 1 (800) 905-8437

Provides information and referral services, emotional support and training to parents of children with special needs in Massachusetts. Includes comprehensive directory (as of 2012) of resources for families of children and youth with special needs.

Kids Konnected
Phone: 1 (800) 899-2866

Kids Konnected was developed on the premise that when a parent gets cancer, the entire family is affected and the needs of the children must be addressed. For children and teens that have a parent with cancer and for those who have lost a parent to cancer, this resource is a hotline through which kids in similar situations can interact.

Has special online materials, a comic book for children about chemotherapy (Kemo Shark) and a video for kids about a mom with breast cancer.

Kidshealth provides information about health, behavior and development from pre-birth through teens. There are 3 sites: one with sections with content written at levels appropriate for parents, kids and teens. It provides health facts, perspective, advice and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional and behavioral issues that affect children and teens. Material is reviewed is by medical experts and pediatricians.

National Cancer Institute
Phone: 1 (800) 422-6237

Parents With Cancer: Who's Looking After the Children?
This article, published by the Journal of Clinical Oncology, provides step-by-step guidance to help sick parents assist their children in coping.

Resources List - Cancer
Resource Guide for Families Dealing with a Loved One’s Cancer

The Lance Armstrong Foundation
This site helps survivors face the challenges and changes that come with cancer. We help you understand what to expect from the cancer experiences and help you know the right questions to ask, and we provide support along the way. Visit them for educational resources and one-on-one support.