Kids and Families

Do you want to help fundraise for Solaris Cancer Care or simply find out more about cancer ?  Maybe you have been told you have cancer, or someone close to you has cancer. Use the menu in this section of the website to seek information, get fundraising ideas, or find out where to get help.

When you or someone you care about has cancer

If you or someone you love has been told you have cancer, you probably have a lot of questions.

The cancer news usually comes as a huge shock to you and your family. You may have felt scared, angry, confused, or numb. You may have thought: “Why me?”

It's no one's fault that you or your loved one got cancer. Cancer has no respect for gender, colour, race, creed or status.  Cancer can happen to anyone.

Don't be afraid to ask as many questions as you like. Ask your Oncologist and your GP to explain in plain words what type of cancer it is, what is likely to happen and anything at all you're worried or curious about. You might like to ask them to write things down or explain something more than once.

It's totally acceptable to ask for a second opinion. Different doctors take different approaches to treating cancer. It's your body and you / your family have a right to know as much about it as you wish.

How can you help yourself live well ?

Solaris Cancer Care has a suite of evidence infomred services to help you feel more empowered to look after yourself and your family. This involves looking after:

  • Relaxation and self-care (see each centre's program for the current offerings of massage, reiki, reflexology and more)
  • Nutrition (what you eat and drink)
  • Activity (exercise and movement)
  • Emotional support (our counsellors, facilitators and complementary therapists can help you manage stress, worry, fear, sadness and anxiety)

We recommend an integrative approach of the best of modern medicine alongside supportive complementary therapies, appropriate exercise and activities that reduce stress (eg yoga, meditating, listening to calm music, art and writing). You can find out more about all of these things by going to the Wellness section of our website.

Where to find out more

There are plenty of good websites you can visit. Check out our resources page, ask your family to help you visit our library or browse the catalogue online.

Do you need to talk to someone?

If you are stressed, scared and upset it’s important that you talk to someone about it. There are people who understand what you’re going through who are available to listen and perhaps assist, you can phone us on (08) 9384 3544.

We also provide free individual or family counselling so you can come in with other members of your family to talk about cancer and your feelings – or we can even come to you. Contact us to find out more.

You can also phone the independent Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.