Resources

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

If you have not already told your child’s school about their cancer, start with How to tell my children’s school. Once the school is aware of your child’s diagnosis, you can speak with them about the following supports they can tap into to help not only...

How to Maintain Your Relationship With Your Child When You Have Cancer

Dealing with cancer is a stressful time for you, and your family members. Maintaining your relationship with your child is important. It can be difficult, especially when you are coping with the challenges cancer will bring and not feeling up to doing at...

How to talk with my children about death and dying when my partner has cancer

Having a conversation with your child about death probably wasn’t top of your to do list this week. But when cancer comes into your family it’s important that they know it’s okay to ask about death and dying and that you’ll be honest with them. Talking...

How to talk with my children about death and dying when one of them has cancer

Having a conversation with your child about death probably wasn’t top of your to do list this week. But when your child has cancer it’s important that they know it’s okay to ask about death and dying and that you’ll be honest with them. While this is on...

How to talk with my children about death and dying when I have cancer

Having a conversation with your child about death probably wasn’t top of your to do list this week. But when cancer comes into your family it’s important that they know it’s okay to ask about death and dying and that you’ll be honest with them.  Talking...

How to Manage My Child's Grief When A Sibling Dies From Cancer

It's hard to think about how to support your other children when your world has turned upside down. It’s natural to feel like you don’t have any emotional energy left to give. But your child will look to you for how to cope and need your help managing...

How to Explain What Cancer is to Your Child When Your Partner Has It

How you explain what cancer is and the type of information you give your child will depend on their age, how much they can understand and what they want to know. But the best advice is to keep it simple and straightforward.  Start with questions Start by...

How to Explain What Cancer is to Your Child When They Have It

How you explain what cancer is and the type of information you give your child will depend on their age, how much they can understand and what they want to know. But the best advice is to keep it simple and straightforward.   Start with questions Start...

How to Talk to My Child About My Partner's Diagnosis

Telling a child or young person that someone close to them has cancer is never easy.  If your partner has cancer, you might both think it’s best to keep the news from your child or delay telling them. But secrecy can make things worse. It adds to your if...

How to Talk to My Child About Their Sibling's Diagnosis

Telling your child their sister or brother has cancer can be difficult and overwhelming. But talking openly and honestly about cancer and what is going to happen to their sibling can reassure your child, prepare them for what’s next, and build their in...

How to Manage My Child's Grief When My Partner Dies From Cancer

It's hard to think about how to support your child when your world has turned upside down. It’s natural to feel like you don’t have any emotional energy left to give. But your child will look to you for how to cope and need your help managing their grief...

How to Maintain My Relationship With My Child When My Partner Has Cancer

When your partner has cancer, your child’s relationship with you is even more important – the most helpful thing they need is for you to be there for them, physically and emotionally. That can be a challenge when you’re caring for your partner with tips...

When to Seek Mental Health Care for Your Child When You Have Cancer

Coping with someone in the family having cancer is really challenging for many children and young people. Generally, with the right advice and support, you can support your child. But children/young people dealing with a parent’s cancer are at high risk...