Everyone is affected when someone in the family is diagnosed with cancer
Talking to My Family provides information, handouts, weblinks and booklets for talking with children and teens about a cancer diagnosis. There is also information and resources to support a cancer patient's family caregiver.
Please note: Youth can go to another section called Facts4Teens to learn about the facts related to cancer and understand how a family member's cancer diagnosis can affect them.
You can purchase these publications from the PHSA bookstore or borrow a copy from the BC Cancer library.
Cancer patients can ask about available copies at any cancer centre, Patient & Family Counselling Services.
My Adventures with Fox and Owl: A creative journal for kids with cancer in the family (2016) by Sara Prins Hankinson, BC Cancer Art Therapist
This journal activity book was developed by an Art Therapist with the Patient and Family Counselling Program and an Oncology Nursing Practice Leader with BC Cancer. It is designed for children, ages 5 to 9, to help them learn creative ways of coping when a family member is living with a cancer diagnosis.
Scribble and Paste: A creative journal if cancer comes to your family (2016) by Sara Prins Hankinson, BC Cancer Art Therapist
This journal was developed by an Art Therapist with the Patient and Family Counselling Program and an Oncology Nursing Practice Leader with BC Cancer. It is designed for older children, ages 10 and up, to help them learn creative ways of coping when a family member is living with cancer.
Reaching out to your children when cancer comes to your family: A guide for parents (2016 revised edition) by June Slakov
This book has been updated recently and is for the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, teachers, or other support persons, who play a key role in helping children and teens who have a family member living with cancer.