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When Your Parent Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens

  • Posted: 04/12/2011

This information is for you

If your mom, dad, or an adult close to you has cancer, this information is for you. Here you can read about what has helped other teens get through this tough time. Doctors, nurses, social workers, friends, and family are working hard to help your mom or dad get better. You are a very important part of that team, too.

In the weeks and months ahead, you may feel a whole range of emotions. Some days will be good, and things might seem like they used to. Other days may be harder. This information can help prepare you for some of the things you might face. It can also help you learn to handle living with a parent or relative who has cancer.

You may want to share this information with your mom, dad, brothers, and sisters. It might help you bring up something that has been on your mind. You could ask people in your family to read a certain section and then talk about it together. We’ve underlined medical words that may be new to you. If you click on the word, the definition will pop up.

You can also get free copies of this information as a booklet.
Order a free booklet by calling 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).
Or click here to get free copies sent to you.


We would like to thank the many teens, health care providers, and scientists who helped to develop and review this information.

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