Resources

The CanTeen Parent Resource Library provides information and advice to parents when cancer impacts their family.

Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer - a BCNA resource page

Our friends at the Breast Cancer Network of Australia have developed a great resource looking at the genetic risks and family implications of breast cancer. As awareness continues to rise in this critical area of cancer research, it's important to hear...

Relationships After Cancer

It’s pretty likely that every one of your relationships has been affected in some way by your cancer experience.After everything you’ve been through, your role in your family, group of friends or relationships is going to be different. You have changed –...

Cancer Data: Adolescents & Young Adults in Australia

The report, Cancer Data: Adolescents & Young Adults in Australia undertaken by CanTeen presents national and international comparative data for young people diagnosed with cancer in Australia.These data are critical to guide service planning for young to...

Sample Letters for Work

Informing others can create a more supportive environment for you and your children and ensure they get extensions or special consideration as needed.Work letter template - Employee's sibling has cancerWork letter template - Employee's parent has letter...

Sample Letters for School

Informing others can create a more supportive environment for you and your children and ensure they get extensions or special consideration as needed. School Letter Template - Child's sibling has cancerSchool Letter Template - Child has cancerSchool - -...

Talking to your children about cancer

Even though it’s hard, being honest and open with your children about cancer is the best way to help them cope. Young people want to be told the truth, even if it’s difficult news for you to share and them to hear.Secrecy often makes things worse and to...

A Guide to CanTeen for Parents and Carers

What's CanTeen all about?CanTeen understands that when cancer crashes into a family’s world, it can turn everything upside down. Cancer is the last thing anyone wants in their life, but now that it’s here, we can help you deal with it. This booklet tells...

Memories and Rituals

Talking about death and dying is a sensitive subject. The following advice is based on my clinical experience as well as research findings. However, every family is unique, and as a parent, you know your family best. Be sure to follow your own wisdom and...

How to Talk with Your Child when their Sibling Died of Cancer

Talking about death and dying is a sensitive subject. The following advice is based on my clinical experience as well as research findings. However, every child is unique and as a parent, you know your child and family best. Be sure to follow your own...

Dealing with Grief

Dealing with grief doesn’t mean trying to ignore or ‘get over’ your loss. It means finding ways to live with the loss and take care of yourself and your family while you grieve.  There is no such thing as a ‘normal’ way to grieve. Some people cry openly...

Coping with Daily Life When a Loved One Dies

When someone you love dies your life is changed forever. Understanding those changes, getting used to them and adjusting to them can take a really long time. In the meantime, daily life goes on. Some people find maintaining their usual routine is really...

Changes in Relationships

The death of a partner or child – and for your child their parent or sibling – changes your family structure and relationships. Grief also affects your sense of identity and your roles in your family and society. It’s not uncommon for family and to be...

Taking Care of Yourself

When you’re grieving, it’s completely normal to feel like you don’t want to leave the house or just want to lay on the couch and eat chips. But taking care of yourself will help you get through both the emotional pain and practical challenges of the of a...

Loss, Grief and Bereavement

Grief is the natural reaction to a loss – when someone close to you dies or you experience another loss that is significant to you, like a relationship breakdown or losing a job. ‘Bereavement’ is the experience of having someone important to you die, of...

How You Can Help School Help Your Child When Your Partner Has Cancer

Once the school is aware of your partner's diagnosis, you can speak with them about the following supports they can tap into to help not only your child, but other students who may also be in a similar position. Recommend programs and resources Depending...

How You Can Help School Help Your Child When You Have Cancer

Once the school is aware of your diagnosis, you can speak with them about the following supports they can tap into to help not only your child, but other students who may also be in a similar position. Recommend programs and resources Depending on the of...

Getting to Grips with General Practice

A guide to general practice for young people 15-25 years old who have had a diagnosis of cancer This guide aims to help young people understand the importance of having a GP and provides information on what GPs can provide, how they work and how best can...

Thinking Ahead – Your guide to school, study and work.

A guide for young people who have had cancer An engaging guide aimed to help young adults re-engage with their school and study.This guide aims to provide young people with the information they require to make informed choices regarding education and and...

Gather My Crew app makes it easy to ask for the right kind of help from friends and family

Gather My Crew is an online help roster that uses technology to make it easy to ask for and coordinate the right kind of help from friends and family when going through a tough time.From the Gather My Crew website:We believe in a world where everyone a...

How to Tell School My Child Has Cancer

It’s important to let your child’s school know about their cancer diagnosis and treatment. School staff can support your child (and any siblings at the same school), and make special arrangements with their assessments at this challenging time. If you at...