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When Your Parent Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens

This guide is for young people who have a parent with cancer. You are not alone. Find out what has helped other teens get through this tough time.


Use this guide to get information and advice on:

  • Ways to deal with changes your family may go through
  • Dealing with stress
  • Finding support and talking with your friends
  • How you can help yourself and your parent
  • Cancer, treatments, and side effects
  • Life after treatment and the road ahead
  • Additional resources and organizations

Tested and developed with advice from teens, this guide includes quotes from teens who have a parent with cancer, checklists to help you get support from others, and a section of related organizations and resources.  

The information in this booklet was last updated in February 2012.