Parent Guidebook

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A Guide for Parenting through Cancer 

If you are a parent or caregiver who has been diagnosed with cancer, this guidebook is for you.

This resource is to help you explore and learn more about what it means to be a parent or caregiver with cancer. You are probably experiencing a wide range of thoughts and feelings like anger, sadness, and fear. However, the knowledge that you have children and need to talk to them about your diagnosis is probably the biggest worry. These are all very real and normal feelings. You are not alone.


This book will guide you in:

  • How to tell your child you have cancer
  • Age-specific fears and worries
  • Moving forward together as a family

This book will outline ways to support your children through your diagnosis, specifically addressing a child’s age-appropriate and natural fears. It will also give concrete examples for the “the elephant in the room” questions regarding cancer, death, and dying.


For questions about this guidebook, or to have a telephone consultation, please contact Melissa Turgeon at (612) 627-9000 ext. 507 or mturgeon@mnangel.org.

Please also check out our Children’s Guidebook, our Preteen Guidebook, and our Teen Guidebook.