TRUCE: A support program for young people who have a parent with cancer
No matter how much you hoped it wouldn’t, your life changed when your parent or caregiver was diagnosed with cancer.
Living with a parent or caregiver with cancer can affect your life in almost every way, from your thoughts and feelings to everyday life. Some changes are really big while some are not as noticeable.
- Do you feel that no one understands what you’re going through?
- Do you ever feel shocked, numb, scared, angry or guilty about your parent or caregiver’s cancer?
- Do you feel that you’re not coping or are out of control?
- Do you want support to deal with your thoughts and feelings about your parent or caregiver’s cancer?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you may want to think about taking part in TRUCE. TRUCE is a free 7 week group skills-based program run by CanTeen to help young people cope better with having a parent or caregiver with cancer. It aims to help you deal with difficult thoughts and feelings, help you communicate with people (especially your family) and live your life based on your what’s really important to you.
What does the TRUCE program involve?
You will take part in 7 face-to-face weekly sessions which last about 2 hours. The sessions are group sessions which means a few other young people who also have a parent with cancer will attend with you. The groups are led by experienced facilitators who will take you through a serious of activities and discussions. Parents or caregivers are invited to take part in one joint session with you. However, parental or caregiver participation is not compulsory for you to take part. You don’t have to be a CanTeen member to take part in Truce.
We are now accepting interest for groups to be held in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, and Sydney CBD. Read more about our locations and dates.
***NEW: Truce Online***
We are currently trialling a new ‘online’ version of Truce. Young people will dial into Truce via a video link (e.g., Skype) and participate in the program from their computer screen.
This is a good opportunity for people who have been interested in taking part, but have not been able to due to difficulty coming into a CanTeen office.
Read more on our locations and dates page.
Truce is part of an optional research study helping us understand what helps young people cope with having a parent with cancer. To learn more about the research study evaluating Truce, click here.
How do I sign up?
Are you aged between 14 – 22 years?
Do you have a parent or caregiver who was diagnosed or relapsed with cancer within the last 5 years?
Are you able to attend the face-to-face group support program for 7 consecutive weeks and complete 3 questionnaires?
Just fill in the expression of interest form below and click ‘done’ when you’re finished.
For more information, feel free to call us on 1800 234 007
Before you can take part in TRUCE, we need you to send in a signed Consent Form. If you are under 18, a parent or guardian will also need to give their permission for you to be part of TRUCE.
To send this to us, please write the following on the front of your envelope (no stamp is required):
Reply Paid 3821
SYDNEY NSW 2001
Whether you are a health professional, parent or young person we are happy to help you find out more about TRUCE!
If you have any questions about TRUCE or would like more information before or after signing up, please contact the research team on 1800 234 007 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.