Support for children

If you or the person with pancreatic cancer has children or grandchildren, they may need support too.

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On this page we have listed some resources and organisations that can help people affected by pancreatic cancer support and talk to children about what is going on.

For most children and teenagers it is best to be honest and talk to them as much as possible about what is going on. Depending on the age of the child, use language they will understand. Check they have understood by asking them to tell you what is happening in their own words.

Some children and teenagers behave differently, or become quiet and withdrawn when someone they know is affected by cancer. It can help to let their school know what is happening so they can get any support they need from staff at the school.

Useful organisations

  • Macmillan Cancer Support have a booklet, Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer.
  • Maggie’s Centres offer support to help you talk to children about cancer, and provide specialist support for families.
  • The Fruit Fly Collective have a range of information and tools to help children with a parent who has cancer.
  • Teenagers may find it easier to talk to their friends or another adult outside the family, or find support online. RipRap is a website for teenagers who have a parent with cancer.
  • In Northern Ireland, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland provide support to children and young people who have a family member with cancer.
  • Winston’s Wish provides information and support for children with a parent who has a serious illness, or who have been bereaved.
  • Your family member’s nurse may also be able to give you information and advice about talking to children.

Updated September 2019

Review date September 2021