My child has a blood cancer diagnosis, now what?
Use this site as your guide and resource while you cope with your child's diagnosis, treatment, return to school and recovery.
The tools and resources available here were developed in consultation with parents, teachers and healthcare professionals.
Tools & resources for parents and caregivers
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More support for parents and caregivers
We offer a range of other programs and services that you may find helpful and valuable.
Talk to one of our patient support specialists or send an email to adminCanada@lls.org to learn more.
About childhood blood cancers
Leukemia and lymphoma account for over 40% of all new cancers diagnosed in children 0-14 years while leukemia is the sixth-most common cancer in teens and young adults (15-29 years).
Survival rate for children suffering from leukemia or lymphoma has significantly improved over the last few decades and is now as high as 98%. Most kids with a blood cancer diagnosis will survive.
More Helpful Resources
|Children’s Wish Foundation||https://www.childrenswish.ca/|
Summer Camps and Programs for Kids
|Camp / Program||Location||Website||Information|
|Brigadoon Village||Nova Scotia||https://brigadoonvillage.org/|
|Camp Goodtime||Nova Scotia||http://www.cancer.ca/en/support-and-services/support-services/camp-goodtime-ns/?region=ns|
|Camp Trillium||Ontario||www.camptrillium.com||The Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre offers year-round recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together. They work to provide an environment that normalizes relationships and experiences, helping them in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life.|
|Camp Oochigeas||Ontario||www.ooch.org/||Camp Ooch serves children with cancer and is completely free. It is a camp where every child, no matter how debilitating their illness, is provided an opportunity to explore what is referred to today as the Magic of Ooch. They also have programs that serve siblings, bereaved siblings and parents. It continues to be the only overnight camp in Ontario to offer onsite chemotherapy IV treatment and blood transfusions. They have expanded programs year-round in Muskoka, Sickkids, Ooch Downtown and various other cancer centres across Ontario.|
|Camp Quality||Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba||http://www.campquality.com||A non-profit, volunteer organization that, in addition to our signature week-long camping experience, provides year-round support for children with cancer (receiving treatment or in remission) and their families. They offer six overnight camps in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario to children affected by cancer ages 4-18. The camps are focused on kids building new skills like swimming, hiking, kayaking, storytelling and gaining friends and memories. They also offer a leadership development camp.|
|Cottage Dreams||National||http://www.cottagedreams.ca/||Cottage Dreams offers recent cancer survivors and their families’ time away at a donated, private cottage to recover, reconnect and rebuild after treatment. Cottages are available on a year-round basis in communities across Ontario. Applications available online.|
|Camp Good Time||British Columbia||http://www.campgoodtimes.org/|
|Camp Circle of Friends||Saskatchewan||http://www.campcircleoffriends.com/|
|Camp Good Times||New Brunswick||http://www.cancer.ca/en/support-and-services/support-services/camp-goodtime-nb/?region=nb|
|This organization was established to help address the emotional needs of the children whose siblings have cancer. Please check out this valuable website if you are balancing the needs of your child with cancer and the needs of their sibling(s).|
|Cancer in Young Adults: Through Parents Eyes||www.cancerinyoungadults-throughparentseyes.org/home||If you are the parent or other family/friend providing care for young person with cancer, inquire about caregiver services at each of the agencies you encounter to learn what can be done to support the person with the diagnosis and yourself. It is a tricky balance to try and provide the right level of care in the right way for someone who is undergoing cancer treatment. This challenge is probably most pronounced in the AYA age group. Finding ways to support the need for independence and dignity while helping with the emotional and physical effects of treatment can be challenging. There are other people who understand what you are going through, so ask for help.|
|Lotsa Helping Hands||www.lotsahelpinghands.com/||This is a volunteer coordination website suitable for people who are busy, under stress and in need of a simple method to inform their friends/family how they could help with some of their daily routines of cooking, laundry, appointment driving, childcare, etc. One person who acts a “volunteer coordinator” puts the information into the website, so that others who want to know “how they can help” can log in and sign up for tasks.|
|Children’s Oncology Group||https://www.childrensoncologygroup.org/|
|Telling Kids about Cancer||http://www.tellingkidsaboutcancer.com/AgeAppropriateAdvice||This website provides age-appropriate advice in telling your child about cancer and also provides information on how they may react.|