Apps and Games
Kids Guide to Cancer: Camp quality app
Mummy’s lump by Gillian Forrest
Four free booklets ‘What does it all mean’, ‘Visiting Hospitals’, ‘Life at Home’ and ‘Activity Book’ for children to understand cancer.
The Secret C by Julie Stokes
What’s up with Bridget’s mom? Medikidz Comic explain breast cancer
Apps and Games
‘Tumour Takedown’ – Free game from Centre of The Cell.
Becky and the worry cup by Wendy Harpham
Cancer Book for Kids: Someone I love is Sick
Arthur: When Someone You know has cancer
Our Mom Has Cancer by Abigail Ackermann
A Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Because…Someone I love has cancer: Kids Activity Book by the American Cancer Society
When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness: Children Can Learn to Cope with Loss and Change (Drawing Out Feelings) by Marge Eaton Heegaard
My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks by Maya Silva and Marc Silva
The Survivorship Net by Jim Owens
American Cancer Society’s free booklet “It Helps to Have Friends When Mom or Dad Has Cancer”
Macmillan’s Free Booklet “A guide for young people looking after someone with cancer”
The Year My Mother Was Bald by Ann Speltz
Riprap – www.riprap.org.uk
Canteen – ‘My Parent has/had Cancer’ section
Macmillan Cancer Support
As big as it gets by Winston’s Wish.
American Cancer Society’s Free Booklets
1) After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families
2) Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Treatment
3) Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Recurrence or Progressive
Macmillan’s Free Booklets
1) “Talking about your cancer”
2) “Talking to children when an adult has cancer”
Cancercare for Kids cancercareforkids.org
Resource List at Kids Konnected
Breast Cancer Care Resources
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Child Bereavement UK
Cruse Bereavement Care
Books & Activities
Macmillan’s Free Booklet “Preparing a child for loss”
American Cancer Society’s Free Booklets
1) Dealing with a Parent’s terminal illness
2) When a child has lost a Parent
Elephants Tea Party
The body is made up of cells. Cells make our bodies work. They are so tiny that you need a microscope to see them. Cancer cells don’t look or act like normal cells. They don’t allow our normal, healthy cells to work properly. They can grow very fast and spread. Cancer cells may group together to form a tumour. There are many different types of cancer, and cancer can grow anywhere in the body.
There is still a lot we don’t know about how cancer begins and what causes it. Sometimes cancer can be caused by chemicals, air pollution (smoke), certain viruses, and other things both inside and outside the body.
There are over 200 different types of cancer. There are so many because cancer can affect any type of cell in the body (and there are lots of different types of cell).
Cancer cells can grow anywhere in the body as the whole body is made up of cells. A blood cancer means the person has cancer cells in their blood and breast cancer means somebody has cancer cells in their breast. All cancers share some characteristics, like uncontrolled growth, but the way a cancer behaves, for example how fast it grows, will differ between each cancer type.
Most of the time, the doctors do not know why someone gets cancer. It’s hard having not all of the answers, but the truth is we don’t.
Cancer is not something that you can catch from someone else, like you can a cold or chicken pox. You can be close to the person who has cancer and not worry about catching it
No. Nothing that anyone does, say or thinks can cause cancer in someone else.
Cancer can cause different symptoms depending on where the lump (tumour) is in the body. For example, a lump pressed on another part of the body might be painful. Doctors can give medicine to stop the pain though. Having cancer can hurt feelings too; people can feel a range of emotions, such as sadness or anger, or they may be very quiet.
The time it takes to treat someone with cancer will depend on what type of cancer it is, how serious it is, and how much treatment they need. The doctor will give your mum or dad a ‘Treatment Plan’. This plan will give the dates of the treatments, and how many of them there will be. You could put them on your calendar, or use Tiger Time so you can see how much treatment your mum or dad has left.
Sometimes people take medicine called chemotherapy. It uses special kinds of chemicals to destroy cancer cells. It is usually given through a needle inserted into a vein. Your mum or dad with have ‘rounds’ or ‘cycles’ of chemotherapy which means they will be given the medicine one week and left to rest for a while before they have more medicine.
Sometimes people have radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, to help get rid of cancer cells. It is done with a special machine that is made just for cancer treatment. The radiation (powerful energy rays) is given only to the area of the body where the cancer is. It doesn’t hurt.
No. Radiotherapy is like an x-ray. It doesn’t hurt. It’s safe to touch the person who has had radiotherapy.
Side effects of cancer treatment happen because the treatment damages healthy cells as well as killing the cancer cells. You will be able to see some of the side effects such as: hair falling out, scars from surgery, mouth sores and weight loss. Other side effects can’t be seen such as: feeling tired, feeling sick, wanting to rest more, not being able to play, feeling weepy and a bit bad-tempered. After your mum or dad has finished with all of their treatments, these things will go away.
Cancer medicine needs to be very powerful for it to work properly. But because it is so strong it can damage some normal cells, like hair cells or stomach cells, as well as cancer cells. This is why hair sometimes falls out, or people feel sick. Remember that the medicine’s aim is to help make them better and that it is doing them good – even though it may sometimes make them look and feel poorly. It also doesn’t mean the cancer is getting worse. When treatment is over the normal cells will grow back again.
Being naughty or saying unkind things didn’t make your mum or dad have cancer. It was nothing to do with what you did or said. It is good to stop being naughty now just because being nice is always better!
Sadly wishing a cancer away won’t make your mum or dad better. They need proper cancer treatment to help them. You can make other wishes though like ‘I wish that when my mum is better we can go to the beach’.
Yes, unfortunately children do get cancer. It is rare for children to get cancer. More adults get cancer than children.
The cancer cells can travel to another part of the body and start growing there. The doctors will be able to know this by looking inside the body.