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
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.
The Sibling Program offers
comprehensive, personalized psychosocial support to the school-aged and
teenaged siblings of our pediatric patients. We also offer these special
Parents and siblings, we invite you to
watch the video above and to share your feedback through our quick survey: