Resources and information for parents of children with cancer . . . by parents of children with cancer.

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Support for Families of Cancer Kids

When your child is diagnosed with cancer, your whole family is affected in many, many ways. This section covers the non-medical aspects of having a child with cancer. Over the years we've gathered a plethora of helps for parents and for kids that are sometimes hard to categorize. The major headings are listed below, with quick links to specific lists of resources if that's what you are really after. The last heading contains a list of miscellaneous sites of interest to parents of children with cancer.

Emotional support and psychological help for parents

If you are looking for help coping, do you turn to an organization such as a cancer society, a local support group, an online support group, friends and family, or a health professional? The links below take you to ped-onc pages that expand on each of these areas.

Support for kids, teens, and young adults

Various organizations have set up web sites (or local groups) for young people that have both activities and ways to interact with others in the same situation. For siblings, go to the kids page. Most cancer kids take advantage of cancer camps, make-a-wish, and hat and wigs. If your local hospital does not give you information on these resources, this ped-onc site has lists and contact information for many of them.

Helps for educating the child with cancer

Cancer treatment disrupts your child's education because he or she experiences side effects from the treatment and unable to fully participate in public school. Treatment can also cause changes in physical and/or cognitive abilities. Some effects of treatment might not show up until years after treatment ends. The ped-onc section linked to below contains a lot of original information, parents' comments, and links to more information on this important topic.

Financial help, work, and insurance issues

A diagnosis of childhood cancer can wreak havoc on a family's finances. While the ped-onc financial section does not have a lot of original information, it does link to a lot of web sites with useful information, and perhaps will give you some ideas that you have not thought of.

Books and Videos

Lists of books and videos are linked below:

Miscellaneous

This is a hodgepodge of useful, interesting, and fun links for parents and families of children with cancer.

General Disclaimer

These pages are intended for informational purposes only and are not intended to render medical advice. The information provided on Ped Onc Resource Center should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you suspect your child has a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.

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