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Frankly Speaking About Cancer: What Do I Tell the Kids?
Cancer Support Community
Available in print at the Cancer Resource Library or as a downloadable PDF.




When Your Parent Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens
National Cancer Institute
Available in print at the Cancer Resource Library or as a downloadable PDF




Oncology Social Work Services and Counseling

Cancer can involve significant psychological, social, and economic challenges for patients and their families. How and if these challenges are addressed is an important aspect of a patient’s care plan. The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center employs clinical social workers who provide emotional and practical support for patients, their families, and their friends. Oncology Social Workers can provide advocacy and referrals as well as individual and family counseling services.

Services are available at no cost and are available to anyone in our community, regardless of where they are receiving medical care. 

For more information, call (805) 879-5690.  


Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute - Talking with Children about a Parent's Cancer Diagnosis - 24 minutes

Learn how to have age appropriate communication with children about a parent’s cancer diagnosis.

Swedish - Talking to Your Children about Cancer - 7:30 minutes

This video answers common questions that a cancer patient may have about talking to their child about cancer and its treatment.

Cancer Support Community - Talking with Our Children - 1:27 hours

This webinar discusses how to talk to children after you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer. Learn about children's understanding of cancer and common questions they may have. 

Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Mom Has Cancer: What Comes Next - Talking to Kids About a Family Diagnosis - 14 minutes

Through puppetry and easy-to-understand dialogue, this video help kids understand cancer basics to aid in the processing of a family member's diagnosis.

Books at the Resource Library

These are just a few highlights from the Resource Library collection. Please click here to search our online catalog. For more information about the Resource Library and how to borrow materials, visit our website

Books for Children

Camp Kesem


The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara is a proud supporter of Camp Kesem at UC Santa Barbara. Camp Kesem is a nationwide program driven by passionate, highly trained college student leaders that supports children through and beyond their parent's cancer. Camps are 100% free-of-charge. Serving children ages 6 to 18, campers experience a warm and loving environment with other children who have similar life experiences. This community provides the foundation for confidence building, improved communication skills, enhanced life outlook and attitude. For more information, visit their website

Resources provided by the Cancer Resource Library are for informational purposes only. The information in these materials may or may not apply to your specific condition, and should not be construed as medical advice. We strongly encourage you to consult your healthcare provider to review anything you learn through these resources.

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer treatment and support programs for patients and families. We are recognized for medical excellence, a strong clinical research program, and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention.

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