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Siblings of Children with Cancer
The purpose of this information guide is to direct patients and health care professionals to sources of information on cancer and related topics, it does not constitute an endorsement of the information contained in the resources. This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather to provide starting points for Information seeking. The materials can be found at the Patient Education Resource Center of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center located on the B1 level.
BrochuresAmerican Cancer Society. "When Your Brother or Sister Has Cancer".
CancerCare. "Helping the Sibling of the Child with Cancer" -- .pdf document.
National Cancer Institute. When Your Brother or Sister Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens.
SuperSibs. "Parent Guide". -- .pdf document.
ArticleCavallo, Jo. "Shadow Survivors: A Childhood Cancer diagnosis Often Makes Well Siblings Feel Like They're Battling the Disease Too". Cure; Vol. 5, No. 4, Fall 2006 (p.66).
Book ChaptersFor siblings
Apel, Melanie Ann. Coping with leukemia. New York, NY: Rosen Publishing Group, 2001.
A chapter for teenage siblings and discussion of the emotional side of living with cancer.
Bracken, Jeanne Munn. Children with Cancer: A Reference Guide for Parents. Rev. and updated ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. (forthcoming).
Dodd, Michael. Oliver's Story: for "sibs" of kids with cancer. Kensington MD: Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, 2004.
A book about a young boy whose sister was treated for cancer. For ages 4-8. Contact Candlelighters to request a copy, Toll-free: 800-366-2223 or on their website.
Sonnenblick, Jordan. Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie. Ketchum, ID: DayBue Pub.,
2004. Contact SuperSibs (Toll Free: 866-444-7427) to obtain a copy.
A novel for teenagers about the struggle teenagers endure when a brother or sister is diagnosed with cancer.
Cancervive. Kids tell kids: what it's like when their brother or sister has cancer. Los Angeles,
CA: Cancervive, .
Kids who have a brother or sister with cancer share their stories and talk about how it feels to have a family member with cancer.
Web ResourcesFor siblings and parents
The section "Impact on the Family" includes tips and suggestions for parents as well as essays written by siblings.
A site for parents and siblings of children with special needs. It has information on sources of support, resources and workshops for parents and siblings.
This website includes information about the services provided by SuperSibs, a guide for parents and age appropriate newsletters for siblings of children with cancer.
Illinois Phone: 847-705-SIBS (847-705-7427)
Toll Free: 866-444-SIBS (888-444-7427)
This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.