Mental Health and the Childhood Cancer JourneyMental Health and the Childhood Cancer Journey

Mental Health and the Childhood Cancer Journey

Mental Health and the Childhood Cancer Journey—A Panel Discussion

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it can have an overwhelming effect on the entire family. Mental health is often overlooked in order to focus on the diagnosis and treatment of your child’s cancer. However, the psychological effects of the diagnosis and the challenges that come with living with childhood cancer are as important to address. Having an open conversation about these experiences and how to deal with them is very important.

Here you will find a panel discussion featuring Devon Still, former NFL player, and his daughter Leah, a childhood cancer survivor; Dr. Lori Wiener, Head of the Psychosocial Support and Research Program at the National Cancer Institute; Gavin and Wendy Lindberg, bereaved parents and co-founders of The EVAN Foundation; and Stephanie Ionata, a two-time childhood cancer survivor. They will provide their unique perspective on mental health in childhood cancer, including dealing with emotions, learning to be vulnerable, finding the strength to fight, and figuring out overall how to cope with the diagnosis.

Jump to a section below to learn more:   Meet the panel   Coping with Childhood Cancer Guide

Meet the panel

Meet our panel of parents, caregivers, and patients just like you, who have also gone through, and continue to navigate, their own childhood cancer journey. While no two journeys are the same, we hope that the courage and honesty of these families help inspire and comfort you as you navigate your own experience.



Coping with Childhood Cancer Guide

A step-by-step guide to help set a good foundation for you and your child's mental health throughout your journey. This guide takes you from initial diagnosis to after treatment, with considerations to help you cope with childhood cancer and advocate for resources that may be available to you. Use this guide as you navigate the childhood cancer journey.

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