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Cancer Psychosocial Team

The diagnosis of a child with cancer can feel overwhelming to parents and families and present unexpected psychological, emotional and social challenges. Connecticut Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders offers a variety of support services to help families navigate this unfamiliar experience.

Social workers and child life specialists provide families resources, education and guidance to adapt to the challenges a cancer diagnosis brings. These pediatric support specialists strive to understand each family’s unique strengths and abilities to help them establish a new sense of normalcy as they move through cancer treatment and beyond.

Our cancer support services include:

  • Advocacy
  • Community outreach and education
  • Connection to a variety of hospital and community resources
  • Counseling to foster adjustment to diagnosis, treatment and hospitalization
  • Crisis counseling
  • Education and emotional support for medical procedures
  • Education on the possible late effects of cancer treatment
  • Resources for palliative care and end of life issues
  • School re-entry and home instruction
  • Sibling support

Family Advisory Council

The cancer Family Advisory Council at Connecticut Children’s is a voluntary group that includes family members of current of former pediatric cancer patients and medical professionals who care for children with cancer. They provide insight, guidance and support to families with a child undergoing cancer treatment, and work to continually improve the patient- and family-centered health care experience at Connecticut Children’s. For more information about the cancer Family Advisory Board, send an email or call 860.837.5582.

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