Being a person with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging. Being a parent going through cancer diagnosis and treatment during the pandemic is even more challenging.
It has been difficult for many patients with children to attend medical appointments or find time and space to recover from treatment with kids at home. Plus, parents are taking on additional responsibilities at home, such as assisting with their kids’ schooling, maintaining their physical fitness, managing their mental health, and more.
Below we have collected some guidance, resources, and support to help patients and their families navigate metastatic breast cancer during this global pandemic.
- Parenting During Cancer and COVID-19: Resources To Help With School-Age Children A Sharsheret-sponsored webinar on parenting strategies for dealing with children’s common questions, fears, and worries.
- How to Support Patients With a Young Adult or Child Caregiver During COVID-19 CancerCare provides practical ideas for young adults and older children supporting a parent with cancer.
- Resources for Cancer Patients and Families During COVID-19 The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provides comprehensive lists of ways to help families when a parent has cancer.
- 5 Creative Ways Parents Are Finding Child Care During the Pandemic Although not specially for cancer patients, these creative ideas can be used by people with cancer to get support and to reduce parenting pressure.
- Should you Send Kids to In-Person School During COVID-19: 4 Things Cancer Patients and Caregivers Should Consider MD Anderson Cancer Center talks about the choice of sending kids back to school in-person or continuing virtual learning.
- Sharsheret Parenting: Busy Box, Help with Hope and Angel Foundation These nonprofits provide free online support, care/game/activity packages, virtual activities, and consultations for children while parents are dealing with cancer during COVID.