Books and Resources

Online support services postcard

CanTeen provides world-leading online support that provides young people affected by cancer with 7-day access to professional CanTeen counsellors and 24/7 access to youth-specific information and an interactive, personalised online peer support community. It means that, no matter where they live, young Australians now have instant access to professional and peer support that will help […]

Your guide to dealing with cancer (16-24)

So you have been diagnosed with cancer. Now what…? This book is designed to help you get a handle on some of what is going on and give you some tips and encouragement for dealing with the massive challenges your diagnosis has thrown at you. Having the right kind of help and information can make […]

Dealing with your parent’s cancer

One of the most important people in your life has cancer. Now what? This book is designed to help you understand some of what is going to happen, make some sense of it and give you some directions for the challenges that your parent’s cancer diagnosis has thrown at you. Having the right kind of help […]

Guide to CanTeen for parents and carers

CanTeen understands that when cancer crashes into a family’s world, it can turn everything upside down. Cancer is the last thing anyone wants in their life, but now that it’s here, we can help you deal with it. This booklet tells you a bit about us and our services, how it all works and we’ve […]

Help us help them

Every year, another 21,000 young people hear the devastating news that their parent has cancer. They’re 3-6 times more likely to experience high or very high levels of psychological distress compared to their peers and they’re also falling through the cracks. You can help by connecting the family with CanTeen. Read or download this CanTeen […]

Cancer affecting your students?

CanTeen is here to help you and the wider school community support students affected by cancer. Whether they’re dealing with a close family member’s cancer or their own, CanTeen studies show that young people experience high or very high levels of psychological distress, which in turn can significantly affect their educational outcomes as well as their […]

Dealing with your brother or sister’s cancer

You’ve found out your brother or sister has cancer. Now what….? This book is designed to help you understand some of what is going to happen, make some sense of it and give you some directions for the challenge that your sibling’s cancer diagnosis has thrown at you. Having the right kind of help and information can […]

When your brother or sister’s cancer can’t be cured

Being faced with the possibility that your brother or sister might not get better is a time of great uncertainty and you may not know for sure what is actually going on. That’s often one of the scariest things. So this book is here to try and start the hard conversations and help you bring […]

When your parent’s cancer can’t be cured

This book is not an instruction manual on how to feel when your parent is dying. There is no right way to feel and no plan to follow to prepare for something like this. Everyone does it in their own way. Your feelings will change as time passes and different sections of this book will be […]

Living with the death of your parent or sibling

Nothing can prepare you for the death of someone you love. There could be a lot of pain, confusion and hurt going on for you right now. You might have known your parent or sibling was going to die or it may have happened unexpectedly. There is no rule book on how to deal with […]

A guide to supporting your friend when someone in their family has cancer

You’re not expected to be able to make everything better. It’s OK to be lost for words and to find the whole thing pretty weird. But this booklet is here to help you understand that a friend dealing with cancer is still your friend… and that they will find it helpful just to have you […]

A guide to supporting your friend when they have cancer

What am I supposed to say? What am I supposed to do? How can I help? Do they even want help? This booklet is here to help you understand that a friend with cancer is still your friend… And that they will find it helpful just to have you there with them through the ups […]

A guide to supporting your partner when they have cancer

Your world has turned upside down, the person you love has cancer. Being the partner of someone who has cancer is not easy – you might be shocked, puzzled, totally freaked out or you may feel nothing at all. This booklet is here to help you understand all these emotions and help you prepare for what’s […]

A guide to supporting your friend when someone in their family has died

You’re not expected to be able to make everything better. It’s OK to be lost for words and to find this whole situation a bit weird. But this book is here to help you understand that a friend who is grieving is still your friend – and that they will find it helpful to have […]

Maybe later baby? A guide to fertility for young people with cancer

This book provides honest, clear and accurate information to help you understand your fertility options before starting cancer treatment so that you can make decisions. If you’re thinking “but I don’t want kids anyway”, remember that you might change your mind when you get older and your circumstances are different – so you need to keep […]

Maybe later baby? A guide to fertility for young people after cancer

This book provides honest, clear and accurate information to help you understand your fertility options after having cancer treatment. It has been written in collaboration with other young people diagnosed with cancer – so it’s designed for real life. We hope the information will make it easier for you to talk about some of the difficult and […]

Your guide to dealing with cancer (12-15)

So you have been diagnosed with cancer. Now what…? This book is designed to help you get a handle on some of what is going on and give you some tips and encouragement for dealing with the massive challenges your diagnosis has thrown at you. Having the right kind of help and information can make […]