A diagnosis of childhood cancer impacts the entire family, through multiple doctor visits, frequent hospitalizations, and significant changes in normal routine. This can be a difficult time with considerable psychosocial implications for school-age and adolescent siblings of pediatric cancer patients. Their world is turned upside-down, and their family life is altered. The needs of healthy siblings need to be assessed so that total family care is provided effectively and meaningfully.
Dana-Farber’s Sibling Program provides support to siblings and their families. Through high-level care and ongoing research, our unique program is committed to further exploring the impact of a cancer diagnosis on siblings and creating a better experience for all involved throughout the cancer journey.
The video below, Sibling Voices, was created by and for siblings who have a brother or sister with cancer. It also can help parents/guardians, educators, and others better understand the sibling experience.