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CHAT: Cancer Help for Any Teenager

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If your teenager's friend or family member is diagnosed with cancer, how can you help him or her deal with the accompanying feelings? Where can your teenager go to learn what to expect when a loved one receives treatment? Who can your teen talk with to share fears and concerns? Who can answer his or her questions?

Sometimes parents need assistance responding to the needs of a teenager whose family member or friend is facing cancer. We want to help. That's why we offer a free program called CHAT: Cancer Help for any Teenager. Regardless of where their loved one receives medical care, any teenager can participate in this program, sponsored by Marshfield Clinic.

CHAT educates young people about cancer and its various treatments. The program fosters communication between teens and their family and friends. And it shows teenagers how to cope with a cancer diagnosis and the changes they may experience in their home lives. Perhaps most importantly, CHAT connects teens with others their age who share the life-changing issue of having a loved one with a cancer diagnosis.​

To register your teenager, or for more information, contact Nan Bethmann, RN, or Marcy Elwood, MSW at 1-800-839-3956