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Social worker, Kelly Drummond, MSW, LCSW, with Family Connections participants
A cancer diagnosis is difficult enough for most people; for many parents, the news brings an extra set of concerns. How do you explain the situation to your children? What if they have questions you can't answer? How do you cope with their fears about
Family Connections, part of the
Adult Social Work division of the
Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, is dedicated to supporting adult cancer patients who are
parents and their children. Our mission is to offer guidance, information, and resources to those who are dealing with cancer in their family, and to identify and respond to the needs of parents and children by supporting, supplementing, and empowering
The program was made possible in part by a generous gift from the Frieze family. Online resources are available thanks to a
gift in memory of Deborah Rosoff, a Dana-Farber patient, made by her family and friends.
To contact the Family Connections Program, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-632-2605.
Read our Insight blog for information and inspiration about Family Connections at Dana-Farber.
Navigating Cancer TogetherGeared to school age children who are being raised by a family member with cancer, this video explains what cancer is, changes that children may notice, normal emotions they may experience, and some coping skills that may help. We suggest you watch this video as a family. We hope it helps spark conversations around changes that your own family may be experiencing from cancer.
You're Not Alone: Being a teen when a parent has cancerIn this video, Laura and Abby share how their parents’ illnesses impacted their lives – what they experienced, and ways they found support.
Parents and guardians who are parenting while in treatment are welcome to view Dana-Farber's Slideshare presentation, Tips for Talking to Your Kids about Cancer.
This webchat features two Dana-Farber social workers and a mother of
three, who shared how she told her children about her diagnosis and
managed family life during treatment.
During Debby Rosoff's battle with breast cancer, she and her husband
searched for resources to guide them and their young children through
this difficult time. After Debby died, her family created Family
Connections in her memory.