Support services, resources and information

This information includes a list of reliable internet sites, books, library resources and organisations where you can learn more about cancer-related issues.

Organisations that can help

Cancer Council

13 11 20

Cancer Council offers a range of information and services to help people with cancer, their families and friends, including
telephone support groups, Cancer Connect and the online forum


1800 226 833

The national support organisation for young people aged 12–24 living with cancer, children of people with cancer and
siblings of people with cancer.

Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800

Kids Helpline is a telephone, web and email counselling service with a fun, interactive website for kids, teens and young adults. It offers confidential counselling for anything worrying a child.


13 11 14

A general telephone counselling service.


1300 22 4636

Supports young people dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. They provide tips on how to talk about depression and get help.

Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

1300 664 786

This organisation provides information and support for people caring for children and adolescents who have been impacted by trauma and loss.

Young Carers (Carers Australia)

1800 242 636

This organisation supports young people who are caring for a parent who is physically or mentally ill. They run support
programs and provide information. You can access the Young Carers Association in your state from this site.

Websites for children, age 3-12 years

Bear Essentials

This site has a comprehensive range of activities for children aged 4–12.

Bearing Up Club

An internet club for kids dealing with bereavement. Once a child is registered, they can join an online chat room. The
developers of this site, Mal and Valerie McKissock, are well-known bereavement therapists who have written grief books for children and adults dealing with grief.

Websites for teenagers, age 12-18 years


1800 639 614

This is CanTeen’s website for teenagers and young adults who have cancer in their lives. There are lots of real-life stories, blogs and forums and information. You can also download all the Now What…? books.

Kids Konnected

A US website for children with a parent with cancer or who have lost a parent to cancer.

My Parents Cancer

A Cancer Australia website for young people aged 13–19 whose mum has breast cancer, but lots of the information is relevant for any cancer. It has personal stories of other young people and offers reliable, practical suggestions.


A site for young people going through difficult times and experiencing challenges on a wide range of issues. Covers
general mental health and wellbeing.

Rip Rap

A UK site for 12–16 year olds who have a parent with cancer. It includes information about cancer and its treatment, and
individual stories of how cancer has affected other kids.


Picture Books

My Mum’s Got Cancer

Dr Lucy Blunt: Jane Curry Publishing, 2013

Safina and the Hat Tree

Cynthia Hartman: Nomota Pty Ltd, 2004

Sammy’s Mommy Has Cancer

Sherry Kohlenberg: Magination Press, 1993

My Mum Has Breast Cancer: a family’s cancer journey

Lisa Sewards, Harrison Sewards: Self-published, 2007

My Name Is Buddy: a story for children about brain tumours

Books for young readers

She’s Got What? A story about cancer

Carrie Lethborg and Angela Kirsner: St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, 1999

When Someone You Love Has Cancer: a guide to help kids cope

(Written from a Christian perspective)
(Monk) Alaric Lewis: Abbey Press, 2005

Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in Between

Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen: Penguin, 2005

I Miss You: a first look at death

Pat Thomas: Barron’s Educational Series, 2001

Because… Someone I Love Has Cancer

(Activity book for kids aged 5–10): American Cancer Society, 2002

What About Me?

(Comic book for children aged 8–14 who have a parent with cancer): Cancer Council SA, reprinted 2011

Books for teenagers

Allie McGregor’s True Colours

Sue Lawson: Black Dog Books, 2006

Now What…? Dealing with your parent’s cancer

CanTeen, 2010

Now What…? When your parent’s cancer can’t be cured

CanTeen, 2011

Now What…? Living with the death of your parent or brother or sister from cancer

Canteen, 2010

When Your Parent has Cancer: a guide for teens

National Cancer Institute, 2005

Books for adults

Cancer in our Family: helping children cope with a parent’s illness (2nd ed)

Sue P. Heiney, Joan F. Hermann: American Cancer Society, 2013

When a Parent Has Cancer: a guide to caring for your children

Wendy Schlessel Harpham: Perennial Currents, 2004

Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick

Paula K. Rauch, Anna C. Muriel: McGraw-Hill, 2006

DVD for adults

It’s like this

CanTeen, 2011

This DVD is produced for parents to give them an understanding of the experience of living with cancer as a teenager and young adult whether it is the teenager, their sibling or parent who has cancer.