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    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 your well-being?

    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 family coping.

    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 family_connections@dfci.harvard.edu or call 617-632-2605.

    Read our Insight blog for information and inspiration about Family Connections at Dana-Farber.

  • Social worker, Kelly Drummond, MSW, LCSW, with Family Connections participants


    Social worker, Kelly Drummond, MSW, LCSW, with Family Connections participants

  • Contact Family Connections

    617-632-2605
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  • Family resources

    Slide Show for Families Parenting with Cancer

    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.

    Webchat: Parenting during Cancer Treatment

    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.

    Debby's Gift

    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.