Children and Teens with Cancer

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Having a child or teen diagnosed with cancer can be devastating to a family. Parents may wrestle with how to understand disease and treatment, make decisions, and move forward, all while trying to protect their child. Children may feel confused or struggle to adjust to treatment and all the new healthcare team members. Teenagers may find it difficult to balance the need to be independent with the need for support.

No matter what you are facing, we are here to help—all at no cost!


How We Can Help

Whether your child or teenager is newly diagnosed, in treatment, or has transitioned to survivorship, we are here to support your family! We can help with things such as understanding disease and treatment, navigating family dynamics, understanding your child’s behaviors, and managing the many emotions and feelings that children and teens, parents, and other family members often experience.

Here are some of the many resources we have to offer:

Individual Therapy

We offer individual therapy to children and teens with cancer and their parents, siblings, and other loved ones by licensed clinicians in the outpatient setting and via telemedicine*, regardless of where the child or teen is receiving cancer treatment. We provide evidence-based interventions to help with adjustment, anxiety, mood and behavior changes, grief and loss, and more. We also offer parent consultation sessions both in-person and via telemedicine* to support navigation of the changes and challenges that may present and teach the skills to support them.

Need support? Contact us to get connected!

Support Groups & Programs

Here are just a few of the programs we have to offer families with children and teens with cancer. Check our calendar for the most updated offerings!

eSCCIP Program

For parents of children and teens who are newly diagnosed with cancer, this three-session program includes proven techniques and tools to help you manage more effectively. The electronic Surviving Cancer Competently Intervention Program (eSCCIP) is currently being offered by the pediatric team at Life with Cancer as part of a research study. To learn more about eSCCIP, please watch the following video.

If you are interested in learning more about eSCCIP, please contact Rebecca Babb at Rebecca.Babb@inova.org or by phone at 703-776-4814.

Parent Support Group

This open-format group welcomes all parents of children on active treatment. Parents connect with one another, share concerns, and learn ways to cope throughout their child’s treatment.

Young Adult Cancer Support Group

This online support group is a safe place for young adults (ages 16-23) who are on or off treatment to connect with others to share, listen, provide support, and discuss coping strategies.

Young Adult Cancer Conference

This virtual conference for young adult cancer patients and survivors (ages 18-40ish) is an opportunity to learn about issues relevant to young adults, including sexual health, cancer survivorship issues, and more. The conference is free to attend, but registration is required.

View our Class Calendar & Registration page!

Education & Resources

Whether you need guidance around a specific topic or would like information about resources in the community, we are here to help guide you. We offer guidance to families, based on your needs. If you don't see your need specifically addressed on our website, please reach out to us, and we would be happy to discuss how we can support you!

*At this time, we are only able to provide telemedicine services to individuals living in the State of Virginia, due to license restrictions.


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