Support and information resources

Visit the links below to find more support services, online resources and books that can help you talk to your kids about cancer.

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Support services

Camp Quality

provides programs and services to strengthen the wellbeing of children aged 0–13 growing up with cancer


1300 662 267

Cancer Council

provides a wide range of support and information services for people affected by cancer

13 11 20

For your local Cancer Council website, see back cover


supports young people aged 12–25 affected by their own or a close family member’s cancer diagnosis


1800 835 932


run by the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, provides mental health services to people aged 12–25


1800 650 890

Kids Helpline

offers 24-hour telephone and online counselling for young people aged 5–25


1800 55 1800


offers 24-hour general crisis support

13 11 14


general information about mental health and wellbeing for young people going through tough times


offers financial, emotional and educational support for people aged 0–24 with cancer, as well as their families and networks


1800 REDKITE (1800 733 548)

Ronald McDonald Learning Program

provides assessment, therapy and tuition for young people whose education has been disrupted by serious illness

1300 307 642

Young Carers Network

provides information and support for people under 25 who care for someone with an illness, disability or mental health issue


supports young people aged 12–25 dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health problems


1300 22 4636


offers phone and online counselling


1800 642 066

Online cancer information

Online information for children aged 3–13 years

Bearing Up Club

internet club for kids dealing with bereavement – once a child is registered, they can join an online chat room

Kids’ Guide to Cancer

Camp Quality’s free educational app for children aged 8–13 who have a parent, sibling or other loved one with cancer – answers the common questions kids have about cancer

Online information for teenagers aged 12–18 years


aimed at young people aged 12–25 who are dealing with their own or a close family member’s cancer diagnosis; peer community and discussions as well as access to counselling


UK site for teenagers who have a parent with cancer

Stupid Cancer

US site for people aged 15–39 who are affected by cancer

General online information

Cancer Council

reliable information about cancer by topic and by type; PDFs and ebooks of Understanding Cancer booklets and fact sheets; links to local programs and services


For your local Cancer Council website, see back cover

Cancer Australia

information about cancer, healthy living and clinical best practice from Australian Government cancer control agency

Children’s Cancer

information about many aspects of children’s cancer

Victorian Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service (PICS)

information for families when a child is diagnosed with cancer

American Cancer Society

detailed information about cancer types and topics from the largest voluntary health organisation in the US

Cancer Research UK

detailed information about the diagnosis and treatment of different cancer types

Macmillan Cancer Support

information about cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment from the leading UK cancer charity


Picture books

Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings

Ellen McVicker & Nanci Hersh, S.N., 2006

Nowhere Hair

Sue Glader & Edith Buenen,
Thousand Words Press, 2010

In the Rainbow

Tracey Newnham, 2017

Safina and the Hat Tree

Cynthia Hartman & Hayley O’Brien, Nomota, 2004

For younger readers

Because…Someone I Love Has Cancer. Kids’ Activity Book

Terri Ades, American Cancer Society, 2006

I’m a Kid Living with Cancer 

Jenevieve Fisher & Casey Huie, Isaiah 11:6 Publishing, 2010

Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in Between

Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen, Penguin, 2005

I Miss You: A first look at death

Pat Thomas, Barron’s Educational Series, 2001

Big Tree is Sick

Nathalie Slosse & Rocio Del Moral, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017

The Memory Tree

Britta Teckentrup, Hachette, 2014

I Know Someone with Cancer series, 2018

My Mum’s Got Cancer

Dr Lucy Blunt, Jane Curry Publishing, 2012

For teenagers

Allie McGregor’s True Colours

Sue Lawson, Black Dog Books, 2006

The Honest Truth

Dan Gemeinhart, Scholastic Press, 2015

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green, Penguin Books, 2014

 My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks

Maya Silva & Marc Silva, Sourcebooks, 2013

For adults

Cancer in Our Family: Helping children cope with a parent’s illness (2nd ed.)

Sue P. Heiney & Joan F. HermannAmerican Cancer Society, 2013

Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent Is Sick

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

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Instructions for downloading and reading EPUB files

Apple devices

The iBooks application must be installed on your Apple device before you can read the EPUB.
Different ways to download an EPUB file to your Apple device:

  • email EPUB files to yourself and transfer the attachment to iBooks.
  • copy EPUB files into DropBox (or a similar service) and use the DropBox app to send them to iBooks.
  • open EPUB files directly from Mobile Safari and open them in iBooks, where they are saved automatically by downloading the EPUB from the website.

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To download an EPUB file to your Kobo from a Windows computer:

  • download and save the EPUB directly onto your desktop.
  • connect your Kobo to your computer using the USB cable and tap “Connect” on your eReader.
  • select “Open folder to view files” to view the contents of your Kobo.
  • navigate to where you have stored your EPUB file in “Finder”, in documents or downloads, and drag and drop it into the Kobo window. You can now disconnect your Kobo to read the eBook.

To download an EPUB to your Kobo from a Mac:

  • download and save the EPUB directly onto your desktop.
  • connect your Kobo to your computer using the USB cable and tap “Connect” on your eReader.
  • open your “Finder” application.
  • select “Kobo eReader” from the listed devices to view the contents of your Kobo.
  • navigate to where you have stored your EPUB file in “Finder”, probably in documents or downloads, and drag and drop it into the Kobo window. You can now disconnect your Kobo to read the eBook.

Turn on your Kobo and your EPUB will be located in “eBooks”, while a PDF will be located in “Documents”.
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Sony Reader

To download an EPUB file on your Sony Reader™:

  • ensure you have already installed the Reader™ Library for PC/Mac software
  • select the eBook you want from our website and click the link to download it.
  • connect the Reader™ to your computer.
  • open the Reader™ Library software and click “Library” in the left-hand pane and select the eBook to view it.

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Amazon Kindle 2nd Generation devices

EPUB files can’t be read on the Amazon Kindle™. However, like most eReaders, Kindle™ 2nd Generation devices are able to display PDFs. We recommend that you download the PDF version of this booklet if you would like to read it on a Kindle™.
To transfer a PDF to your Kindle™ via USB cable from your computer or Mac:

  • download the PDF directly onto your computer.
  • connect the USB cable to your computer’s USB port, and the micro USB end of the cable to your Kindle™. Note: the Kindle™ won’t be available as a reading device while it is connected to your computer until it has been disconnected.
  • open the Kindle™ drive and several folders will appear inside. The “Documents” folder is where you will need to copy or drag the PDF to.
  • safely eject your Kindle™ from your computer and unplug the USB cable. Your content will appear on the Home Screen.

Kindle also provides a Kindle Personal Documents Service that allows users to send documents as an attachment directly to your eReader. For more information on this service, visit
For more information on accessing a PDF on your Kindle™, visit, log in to your account and click on Personal Document Settings.
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Android and PC

You can also download and open eBooks on Android devices and PCs with appropriate apps or software installed. Suitable eReader apps for Android include Google Play Books, FBReader and Moon+ Reader. Suitable software for PCs include Calibre and Adobe Digital Editions.

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