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Being strong for my daughter

Any other parents have a child/ young adult who has been diagnosed with a sarcoma?

Cancer's lost generation

A lot of the work our Research team do is based on better understanding what it’s like to be a young person with cancer, including the sometimes elusive idea of friendship and connection. How do we measure that? What value do we get from it? And how do...

A young person with cancer interviewed their mum about her experience

Hi everyone,

Hope you're all taking care no matter where you are 💚

Adam is a Canteener who has been sharing his cancer journey on YouTube and Canteen Connect for Young People.

"Really concerned. Just, you're in autopilot basically. We were just on to...

Long term mental health issues

Do thers have an adult child (23) who is having mental health issues related to their childhood cancer journey

How can I support my child

My son has rhabdomyosarcoma and it's stage 4.

I'm a grandmother with a 14 year old grand-daughter

Should my grand-daughter be told about my breast cancer? She lives with us on alternate weeks (our son is her father) but her mother asked me not to tell her about it. We think she should know as its something that she might feel excluded about, when I...

Free webinar: eSafety’s parent guide to popular apps

Hi everyone :)

We wanted to share this educational webinar being run by the eSafety Commissioner for all parents and carers. The aim is to help you and your children develop online safety skills.

"Taking a look at TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and This...

Explaineimg death to kids

Hi my name is Abbey I lost my husband to brain cancer this year. We don't have children but we have 5 neices and nephews (under 7) that absolutely loved their uncle Josh.

The hardest part for me was them always saying "why isn't uncle J with you?" or...

5 Tips for supporting your family through a cancer diagnosis

Hi everyone ☺️

Sandy Cham, our General Manager of Services created this blog and video together with Cancer Council.

She shares advice on how to talk to your kids, managing your kids' stress or anxiety, how to deal with the uncertainty of COVID-19 and...

Single mum

Coping with cancer and trying to keep my children on track with their School studies

The Canteen Connect App for young people is here! 📲

Hi everyone,

If you have kids aged 12-25 who are on Canteen Connect, they can now download our mobile app to get easier access to Canteen Connect.

Or, if your kids aren’t on Canteen Connect yet, they can download the app to start chatting with and age...

Finding other kids in the same boat

Hi all. My husband has cancer and has only months or (fingers crossed) years to live. My 10 year old daughter would love to get in touch with one or two other kids (probably girls) in a similar situation to her but she is a bit young to...

Muscles Deconditioned

My 13 year old son is receiving treatment for brain cancer & his muscles have badly deconditioned. I was just wondering other families experience with this? How long did it take for muscles to gain their strength after treatment? Radiation has also his...

Learning difficulties and tiredness after cancer treatment

Hi Everyone, our son had treatment for ALL aged 4 - 8 and thankfully has had no relapse. He is now 15. Although he is healthy, he has had a lot of difficulty with learning due to Executive Functioning and Processing Speed troubles. Additionally, he is...

How to connect with sons with ex-husband's terminal diagnosis

Two sons, 17 & 15 y.o. who reside with their father. I was only advised yesterday my ex-husband has terminal cancer, however he told our sons 2 weeks ago. There is very poor communication between us, however I am hoping we will connect over the next of...

People not understanding

I've touched on this before, my daughter and I are living away from home as she gets leukaemia treatment in Townsville. Both her and I talk to social workers a lot but I feel that they don't really understand how a 20 year old feels especially when she...

Maintaining normality with a ten year old and an 18 year back from interstate due to COVID-19

Strategies to encourage communication with the 18 year old male and the tween who is ten on the verge of puberty

Supporting young people through end of school exams

Hi all, With the end of school exams (called the HSC here in NSW) and trial exams coming up, what kind of tips and strategies do you use to help your child get through when dealing with the added stress of cancer?

How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus

Hi Canteen parent community. I wanted to share this article with you: How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus.... Some really helpful and practical ideas here. I wonder though, would some of you modify the approach with cancer in the to hear from you. :) ...

How School Can Help Your Child When They Have Cancer

It’s important to let your child’s school know about their cancer diagnosis and treatment. School staff can support your child (and any siblings at the same school), and make special arrangements with their assessments at this challenging time. Once the...