Supporting patients who are parents

Research shows that children and young people affected by parental cancer are at higher risk of developing negative psychosocial problems. Parents report they struggle with the monumental task of telling their children they have cancer, and often look to their cancer team for advice. Many nurses find it challenging to support the family needs of their patient as resources and training is limited.

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How can we help?

Training Material

Providing training material

Resources designed for healthcare professionals caring for cancer patients who have child caring responsibilities.

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Providing toolkits

Helping families discuss cancer and incurable illness, with age appropriate words and answers to many children’s questions. Tools provided also help children cope emotionally and practically.

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Resources

Providing a resource web space

Where all resources relevant to families affected by cancer can be collected. These will include websites, pdf booklets, podcasts, YouTube animations, books and comics.

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New Pip’s kit

Pip’s Kit supports children aged 5–10 years who have a parent or carer with incurable cancer or is in end of life care.

Pip’s Kit helps children understand what dying and grief mean; provides ways of coping; gives ideas on how to collect family memories, and helps families communicate.

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A lot of patients have children and have questions about how should they talked about their diagnosis and what support we could provide. Also when things aren’t going so well and they become terminal or treatments aren’t working how do we support them and what should we do and how do they tell their children. I get a lot of that all the time.

– Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist