We know a diagnosis of cancer can turn a family’s world upside down. Parents are concerned about how the illness will affect their children and family.
Missouri Baptist Medical Center’s Cancer Center has designed a support program to meet the needs of parents and their children, ages 5-17.
A Program for Children and Teens of Cancer Patients
The Bear Essentials program focuses on the basic needs of children and teenagers when a parent has cancer: emotional support, information, opportunity for expression and hope.
These needs are addressed through age-appropriate activities, such as arts and crafts, group discussions, music and puppetry. The group helps children understand cancer and its treatments, develop friendships and discuss feelings.
Parents meet at the same time to discuss issues related to family dynamics. The focus of each meeting with parents is to help strengthen families.
Group meetings are led by professionals who are experienced in working with cancer patients, and their families. These monthly meetings are free of charge and open to the public.
New participants are encouraged to call 314-996-5517 for an “intake interview,” which will allow the facilitator to learn about the family’s concerns, as well as answer any questions the family may have about the program.
For more information about Bear Essentials, please call 314-996-5517.