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Cancer support and survivorship

Cancer support and survivorship refers to the cancer care patients receive, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. This kind of care treats the patient wholly ? physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.

Pediatric cancer support and resources in Denver

Your child and family do not have to face cancer alone — let us support you.

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it can be hard for you and all your loved ones to know what to do and how best to support your child. Rocky Mountain Children's Hospital helps you get the support and advanced treatments you need to make it through this tough time.

Have cancer questions?

We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated, confidential helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7.

We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated, confidential helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7.

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Our pediatric cancer support services

Our pediatric cancer care includes specialists who help your child and family discover and connect with support resources in our hospital and the greater community.

Childhood cancer support

Despite the rarity of pediatric cancer, there is still a strong need for child and family support for those who are diagnosed. There are a number of local, regional and national childhood cancer support services and resources. They are geared toward supporting your child and your family, ranging from wish-granting to needs-based organizations.

The needs-based organizations help with everything from financial support to basic living needs, like rent and grocery assistance. Because the eligibility criteria vary so drastically between organizations, our social worker and care team are here to help you determine if your child qualifies for support. Through a continuum of care, our inpatient and outpatient social work teams follow your child throughout the course of their treatment.

Child life specialists

If your child has cancer, your whole family can find support through our child life specialists who offer assistance to your family and child during nearly every stage of the treatment process. Child life specialists provide activities to normalize the hospital environment during both inpatient hospital stays and outpatient visits.

For your child or teenager who is undergoing cancer treatment, our child life specialists can use virtual reality technology, arts and crafts, movies, games and other activities to help normalize the hospital environment. Child life specialists also engage your child in techniques, which help to minimize stress and anxiety during treatments and visits.

If your child or teen has a blood disorder, the treatment process can be difficult and emotional. Child life specialists work with parents, siblings and your child to help facilitate positive coping techniques and educate about diagnosis, hospitalization and treatment. Additionally, these specialists coordinate with community organizations that provide resources for therapeutic activities to help your child and family cope with treatments.

Cancer clinical trials

Our hospital has partnered with the Children’s Oncology Group to allow our physicians to participate in cancer clinical trials. Our physicians provide access for your child to participate in new and upcoming trials to help other patients with the same type of cancer. Additionally, your child will have access to treatments before they become widely available as well as additional services from our physicians.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225.

Outside support services

For families, parents and loved ones with a child or teen who has been diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder, there are plenty of local, regional and national resources available to help.

Denver-area cancer support

For residents in the Rocky Mountain region, the Denver metro area and throughout Colorado, multiple services and organizations offer support your child and family as you face cancer:

  • The Colorado Cancer Coalition seeks to reduce the risk, incidence and mortality associated with cancer in Colorado. The organization is involved with many events and support groups for families and children with cancer across the state.
  • The Colorado Kids Cancer Association is a group of organizations that provide support for children with cancer and their families. Services include connecting families with pediatric cancer support groups, assisting with housing solutions for out-of-state patients and helping parents find camps for kids with cancer.

For more information on pediatric cancer resources and support for families with cancer, call our expert teams or talk to your child's doctor or pediatrician.

National pediatric cancer resources

National pediatric cancer support resources and services include the following:

  • The American Cancer Society is a great resource for information, statistics and facts about childhood cancers.
  • The American Brain Tumor Association funds brain tumor research and provides information and education about all types of brain tumors that can develop in children.
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society advocates public policy decisions that impact patients with leukemia, Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and myeloma. The organization also offers support groups, peer-to-peer support, information specialists and a patient community for children and adults with these diseases.