My child has cancer
When your child is diagnosed with cancer, it propels you into a new world. Parents talk about switching to ‘survival mode’ and just trying to get through it. Whether you’re staying in the hospital or holding it together at home, it’s not easy. But the challenges you face each day are made easier with the right advice and support. That’s where we come in - this is your go-to place for everything you might need, no matter how long it’s been since this all began.
Common challenges for parents
Get straight to what’s most important to you. Here are the most common issues from other parents.
Your specialist may ask if you would like your child to take part in a clinical trial. Being part of research can improve care for other children and young people who face cancer in the future. Many treatments that are available today have been developed and improved through such research. But if you don’t want to take part, it’s always your choice.
It’s normal to experience strong and frightening emotions. When they overwhelm you, it can be hard to deal with – especially when you’re trying to ‘keep it together’ and stay strong for those around you. Allowing these emotions in doesn’t make you a failure. It’s important to experience them. Even if it’s just so you can take a deep breath, and let them go again.
Disability Living Allowance is a benefit for under 16s, who have a serious illness like cancer, a mental health condition, or a disability. DLA helps with day to day living costs. It’s not means tested, which means it’s not based on your income or savings. It also won’t affect any other benefits you’re getting.
Organising travel insurance for a child or young person who’s been diagnosed with cancer can be challenging. But it is possible to find reasonably priced insurance with a bit of effort. Here are 10 things to consider before you start searching.
Guides for the people in your life
People will want to know how they can help you. Share these guides with them. It’ll give them the knowledge and support they need too.
From the moment of diagnosis, CLIC Sargent is there to help you cope. Whether you need help with filling in benefits forms, free accommodation close to the hospital, a shoulder to cry on, advice with money or a grant to help with the extra costs - we're there.