Resources

Cancercare Fact Sheets

Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer

This is a booklet for men who are being treated or considering treatment for prostate cancer with Brachytherapy – it also provides advice and information for their families. The aim of the booklet is to be a guide to the procedure and provide a background on patient suitability for treatment.

Guide for Children – Preparing for a Parent that is seriously ill

When you find out someone in your family has cancer, it can be a very difficult time for you. You are not too young to understand that your mommy/daddy or other family member is very sick and weak. If somebody you know is going to die, it is heartbreaking news and it makes you feel very sad and all you want to do is cry.

Guide for Teenagers who are diagnosed with Cancer

Finding out you have cancer is very difficult and you need to give yourself and your family time to come to grips with this new reality. Just be gentle and give yourself time as this period is very stressful and filled with so much uncertainty. There is no right or wrong way of doing this. Just be yourself and give yourself space to be real and authentic. The emotional impact is huge, and you will have different feelings all the time.

Guide for Teenagers whose parent have cancer and are on treatment

If your parent has cancer and is on treatment, it usually causes a lot of worry for you as a young person/teenager. It can be very difficult for you to find the right way to support your ill parent as well as your other parent, and even your brother and/or sister.

Guide for Young Adults diagnosed with Cancer

A cancer diagnosis between the ages of 18 and 28 years is often unexpected. A misconception makes us believe that cancer only happens to older people.

Young adulthood is a time when most people are focused on their education, career, dating, getting married and starting a family. However, as a young adult with cancer, you may feel as if your life has been suspended when life has just begun!

Guide for Teenagers whose Parent is Seriously ill

As an adolescent you understand that death is final and universal.

When you are faced with the death of a loved one, you might have questions about spirituality or religion.

Radiation for Gynaecological Cancers

Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays or radioactive particles to kill cancer cells. Side effects depend on the area being irradiated as well as the individual differences between patients. It is important to remember that the risks associated with the development of side effects are less than the risks associated with an untreated cancer. Your doctor will not prescribe any treatment if the estimated benefit of disease control is less than the possible side effects of the treatment.

Your Journey Through Cancers – A guide for cancer patients and their loved ones

Hearing the words “You have cancer” may be the most frightening words
you’ve ever heard. You may feel scared, angry, crushed – or may keep
hoping it has all been a big mistake. You probably won’t remember
anything your physician told you and wonder how to begin dealing with
this journey that feels so overwhelming.