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Talking to My Family

Everyone is affected when someone in the family is diagnosed with cancer.

Talking to My Family has information, handouts, workbooks and weblinks for supporting children, teens and family caregivers when cancer comes to the family.

Talking to my family

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.

Resources

A variety of resources are available for those talking with family members about a cancer diagnosis. Click the "+" sign(s) below for more information.

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


My Adventures with Fox and Owl cover photoThis 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. Download excerpts


Scribble and Paste: A creative journal if cancer comes to your family (2016) by Sara Prins Hankinson, BC Cancer Art Therapist 
Scribble and Paste cover photo

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. Download full copy 


Reaching out to your children when cancer comes to your family: A guide for parents (2016 revised edition) by June Slakov 

Reaching Out to Your Children cover photo

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.


 

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