Cancer resources

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Discover multimedia resources that can offer you information and support throughout cancer treatment and beyond.

Key points

  • Resources available include books, articles, videos, websites, support groups and more.
  • Remember to use the acronym SCREEN when searching for information online to help you determine the quality of the website: Source, Conflict of interest or bias, editorial Review process, Evidence-based, Extreme claims, Not related.

Multiple resources exist to support teenagers with cancer. They come in the form of books, articles, videos, websites, support groups and more.

Here is a list of online resources you may find useful. You can also find different resources by doing a little research, asking your health-care team, or talking with friends and family.

Information

Canadian Cancer Society

American Cancer Society (from the United States)

CLIC Sargent (from the United Kingdom)

CureSearch (from the United States)

Now ​What (from Australia)

Macmillan Cancer Support (from the United Kingdom)

13Thirty (from the United States)

Connect

Cancer Fight Club​ (for young adults)

Cancer Support Community

Stupid Cancer (for older teens)

LiveStrong

Teenhelp

Camps

Camps for kids and teens with cancer exist all across the country. Visit the following websites to find one in your area.

Our Kids

Active lifestyle

Canada’s Physical Activity Tips for Youth

ParticipACTION - For great tips on how to get your body moving!

Body image

Look Good Feel Better - Tips for dealing with the effects of cancer

Clinical trials

Children and Clinical Trials (from the American National Institutes of Health)

Fertility

Save My Fertility

Medications – access and info about paying for medications

Provincial and Territorial Public Drug Benefit Programs

Mood

AboutKidsHealth - Mental Health Learning Hub for Teens

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario - Frequently asked questions about teen depression

Teens Dealing with Depression - Anti-depressant skills for teens

Sexuality

Scarleteen

Surviving cancer

The National Children's Cancer Soceity - Survivorship

Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Your Future (book)

Healthy Survivorship - A free iPhone app for cancer survivors ages 15-39

Cancer.net - Survivorship

Children’s Oncology Group - Survivorship Guidelines

Young Adult Cancer Canada

Helpful tips for assessing the quality of information on the internet

When you are looking for information, the internet may be one of the first places you turn to. The internet is the top source of information for teenagers and many adults.

There are many websites about cancer, however, the quality of information on these sites varies greatly. It is important that you talk to your doctor to help you understand the information you find on these sites. Here are some tips to help you determine if the site is of good quality. Remember SCREEN!

S = SourceIs the sponsor of the site credible? Check out their credentials. One way to do this, though it’s not 100% accurate, is by looking at the domain. Is the site: government (.gov), educational (.edu), or nonprofit organizations (.org)? Is the site current? What is the last date it was updated?
C = Conflict of interest or biasIs the site selling or promoting a product or service?
R = editorial Review processIs there an editorial process or seal of approval?
E = Evidence-basedAre the claims based on scientific research and is there documentation?
E = Extreme claimsDoes the site claim "miracles", "amazing results", or "earthshaking breakthroughs"? Any claim that a treatment works for dozens of different problems, or has a 95% or 99% improvement rate, is likely to be misleading and driven by profit.
N = Not relatedIs the information unrelated to or different from what you were told by your health-care provider?
Last updated: September 3rd 2019