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When Your Brother or Sister Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens

  • Posted: 12/26/2013

Learning More on Your Own

Help Is a Phone Call or Web Site Away

Your school or public library
Ask the librarian to help you find the information or support that you're looking for in books, magazines, videos, or on the Internet.

The Internet
Use an Internet search engine and type in general words like "sibling" and "cancer" together to get started. Keep in mind that the Internet has a lot of good information. It also has a lot of poor information and false promises, so you may want to check with your parent or another trusted adult about what you find.

Your sibling's hospital or clinic
Visit the patient education office at your sibling's hospital, if there is one. Or, ask if you can go with your brother or sister during their visit to the doctor to learn more.

Help Is a Phone Call or Web Site Away

Here are some places to contact for help. You can call them or visit their Web site for more information.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Cancer Information Service (CIS)

1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
NCI offers accurate, up­to­date information on cancer for you and your family. Call the CIS to talk to an information specialist who can answer questions you or someone in your family might have. Or go to LiveHelp on NCI's Website to chat online with an information specialist. NCI can also help connect you with a support organization in your area. NCI offers many materials in both English and Spanish.

American Camp Association
The American Camp Association can help you find camps that are specifically for kids who have a brother or sister with cancer.

American Cancer Society (ACS)
1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345)
ACS is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. ACS provides information, programs and services, as well as events that can help you and a family member with cancer, through its many local offices and online services.

American Childhood Cancer Organization
1-855-858-2226 (toll free)
The American Childhood Cancer Organization provides support, education and advocacy for children and adolescents with cancer, survivors of childhood/adolescent cancer, their families and the 90 professionals who care for them.

Cancer Support Community (CSC)
1-888-793-9355 (toll free)
The Cancer Support Community (CSC) was formed by the merger of Gilda's Club Worldwide and The Wellness Community. CSC is an international non-profit organization that has a network of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer. Its free programs include support groups, counseling, education, and healthy lifestyle initiatives. These support services are available online and through local affiliates.

1-800-813-HOPE (1-800-813-4673)
CancerCare offers free information and support by telephone and online to anyone affected by cancer. Visit their online support group for teens who have a brother or sister with cancer.

Make-A-Wish Foundation
1-800-722-WISH (1-800-722-9474)
Make-A-Wish grants wishes to kids who have life-threatening medical conditions. Your parents, your brother or sister with cancer, or their doctor can call Make-A-Wish to see whether your brother or sister can qualify.

1-866-444-SIBS (1-866-444-7427)
SuperSibs! is a national non-profit organization that provides free services to brothers and sisters of children with cancer. SuperSibs! helps children and teens redefine the "cancer sibling" experience by providing them with ongoing recognition and support.