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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Children Whose Parents Have Cancer


  • Massachusetts General Hospital’s Marjorie E. Korff PACT Program (Parenting at a Challenging Time)
    Founder and Director: Paula K. Rauch, M.D.


  • When Your Parent has Cancer

  • Because Someone I love Has Cancer: Kid's Activity Book, by the American Cancer Society (ISBN # 0944235328) 2002
    • A spiral bound book offering creative activities for children ages 6-12 to encourage the expression of feelings and coping skills as they deal with uncertainty and change. Removable Parent Guide.

  • Hope the Bear, by Lynnette Wilhardt and Barbara Granoff (To purchase contact Kids Konnected at 800-899-2866 or
    • This book will take you and your child through the cancer experience and explain the medical and emotional aspects of cancer and its treatment.
  • How do we tell the children?Third Edition: A Step-By-Step Guide for Helping Children Two to Teen Cope When Someone Dies, By Schaefer & Lyons(ISBN# 1557044309) 2002

  • How to Help Children Through a Parent’s Serious Illness: Supportive, Practical Advice from a Leading Child Life Specialist, by Kathleen McCue, M.A., C.C.L.S. with Ron Bonn (ISBN # 9780312146191) 1996
  • It Helps to Have Friends: When Mom or Dad Has Cancer, by the American Cancer Society (ASIN # B000724IAY) 1987 (To order contact ACS at 800-227-2345)
    • A booklet for grammar school-age children that addresses common fears and the social and emotional aspects children face when a parent has cancer.

  • Psycho-Oncology, Second Edition, edited by Jimmie C. Holland, William S. Breitbart, Paul B. Jacobsen, Marquerite S. Lederberg, Matthew J. Loscalzo, and Ruth McCorkle (ISBN # 9780195367430) 2010
    • Chapter 74: Addressing the Needs of Children When a Parent Has Cancer, by Cynthia W. Moore and Paula K. Rauch
    • Chapter 75: Psychosocial Research and Practice with Adult Children of Cancer Patients, by Catherine E. Mosher and Talia R. Weiss
  • Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick, by Paul K. Rauch, M.D. and Anna C. Muriel, M.D., M.P.H. (ISBN # 0071446818) 2005
  • When a Parent has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children, by Wendy S. Harpham (ISBN # 9780060740818) 2004

Reference Articles

  • Patterson P, Pearce A, Slawitschka E. (2010). The initial development of an instrument to assess the psychosocial needs and unmet needs of young people who have a parent with cancer: piloting the offspring cancer needs instrument (OCNI). Supportive Care in Cancer. doi: 10.1007/s00520-010-0933-7.

  • Patterson P, Rangganadhan A. (2010). Losing a parent to cancer: a preliminary investigation into the needs of adolescents and young adults. Palliative and Supportive Care. 8., pp. 255-65. doi: 10.1017/S1478951510000052.


KIDSCOPE, INC. is a non-profit organization that aims to help children and families cope with having a family member or loved one with cancer. Ultimately, the organization’s resources allow children to better understanding cancer from their point of view.

Resources for helping children when a family member has cancer.

While we tried to include potentially useful resources, this website is not exhaustive. New and additional resources may be available. Please let us know if there is a resource you would like to be included.

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