Supporting a child through cancer treatment can test families physically, emotionally, socially and financially. But you don’t have to make the journey alone.
Organisations and websites
There are a variety of organisations that can offer you and your family support and information. They include:
Action for Sick Children
Advice and information for parents who have children in hospital.
Freephone: 0800 0744 519
Support for anyone affected by leukaemia and lymphatic cancer.
Care line (Freephone): 0808 8010 444
Macmillan Cancer Support
Information and support for anyone affected by cancer.
Freephone: 0808 8080 000
Helps children with life-limiting illnesses.
Tel: 020 8940 2575
Teenage Cancer Trust
Support for teenagers and young people with cancer.
Tel: 020 7612 0370
You may also find these websites useful:
Reliable cancer information from Cancer Research UK.
Latest information about children and young people’s cancers from the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG).
Simple, clear guidance on children and young people's mental health, wellbeing and development.
Books for children
CLIC Sargent produces a range of storybooks that can help you talk to your child about cancer and its treatment. These can all be downloaded from the related document list, read on our website, or ordered online using our publications order form.
- Mary has a brain tumour
- Joe has leukaemia
- Lucy has a tumour
- Tom has lymphoma
- Chemotherapy, cakes and cancer – an A to Z guide to living with childhood cancer, written by 14-year-old Megan Blunt.
Books for you
Your child’s doctors and nurses will give you information to help you understand your child’s cancer and its treatment. You may find these useful too:
- A parent’s guide to children’s cancer – available from Macmillan on 0808 8080 000
- How can the internet help us? - available from www.cclg.org.uk
- Family life and cancer - available from www.cclg.org.uk
- Sport and exercise for children and young people with cancer - available from www.cclg.org.uk
- Grandparents - available from www.cclg.org.uk
Reviewed February 2015, next planned review 2016.