Dealing with a cancer diagnosis as a young person can be a challenge but it can also be difficult for your family.

At the Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) service at The Christie, we have some resources that can help the parents and siblings of patients come to terms with a family member’s cancer diagnosis.

Support for parents

When patients start treatment at the TYA service at The Christie, we’ll assign them a key worker. They will support patients and their family during treatment. Parents of TYA patients can find out more about their child's key worker and the Young Lives Vs Cancer social work service at The Christie on our TYA service team page.

Maggie's is a charity providing free cancer support and information. There is a Maggie's Centre based at The Christie in Withington - find out more about the services the charity offers on our Maggie's Centre pages.

Parents of TYA patients can also get emotional and financial support from Macmillan.

Support for siblings

We hold an event twice a year for siblings of TYA patients. These include a fun day such as bowling or Go Ape, and a further support day. These are great opportunities to meet other siblings of patients.

Siblings can also access Sibs, the UK organisation for people who have a brother or sister with a disability or chronic illness. The aim is to provide information and support. This organisation can also provide support for parents including: 1 hour free telephone support (with 3 weekly follow-up calls and emails), workshops for parents on supporting siblings and information on supporting siblings.

You can find out more on the Sibs website.

Siblings is another website containing useful information about sibling issues and details of a sibling support phone network. An online discussion forum is also available.

Last updated: July 2021