How it affects you

Supporting a child through cancer treatment can test families emotionally, socially and financially. But you won't go through this alone. Help is always available from your CLIC Sargent Social Worker and the team at your hospital. Keep talking to people and make sure you're getting the support you need. 

Going to hospital

It can take a while to get to grips with ward life. Whether your child is an inpatient or not, getting used to clinical environments and readjusting to a new routine can feel like a lot to deal with. 

Read our simple info to get you started about ward life and practical tips for hospital stays.

Brothers and sisters

Siblings may be feeling worried, left out, thrown by the change in routine or simply missing your attention. 

Here's some guidance about how to talk to them and acknowledge their needs during this time.

Taking care of yourself

When your child's going through treatment, your own needs might take a back seat as you focus on their wellbeing and just 'getting through'. But it's vital to look after yourself so you have the strength and energy to do this.

Understand your emotions, get advice from other parents and take steps to take better care of yourself. 


You will almost certainly have extra costs while your child is being treated so it's important to prioritise making sure you're getting the financial help you need to offset these additional expenses.

Learn more about the benefits system and which ones you could get, see money-saving tips and access a free advice service. 


If you or your partner are employed, it can feel like a balancing act trying to manage your job and the needs of your child. 

It's important to know your rights as an employee and the support you might be entitled to. 

Your child's education

Children often respond well to keeping some structure in place and a sense of 'normality'. Schools are often willing to support with this but it's important to keep an open dialogue.

There are lots of different options to consider when it comes to managing education but it depends on your circumstances. This guidance should help.

Updated March 2018, next review due 2019.