Oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Family, Friends, and School

This section offers suggestions for teens on coping with changes at home, with friends, and at school.

Cancer and Your Family

Cancer affects everyone in your family. As the family routine changes, your relationships with your parents and siblings may also change. Some teens report that cancer brings them closer to their parents and siblings.

Cancer and Your Friends

Cancer can affect your friendships. Some relationships may grow stronger, and others may fade.

Cancer and School

One of your immediate concerns may be how to handle both school and cancer. Whether you're trying to keep up with your classes or wondering how your classmates will react, there are things you and your parents can do to help make the process easier.

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