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.