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Every family is different but when someone develops cancer all the members of their family are affected in some way. Often the person with the cancer seems to cope quite well – concentrating on their treatment, hospital appointments, sorting out the sudden changes to everyday life and it is their partner or others in the family who struggle to come to terms with what is happening.

"I feel so helpless", "There's nothing I can do", "I wish it was me" - is what we hear from partners, parents, brothers and sisters.

These feelings of frustration, anxiety, sadness, even anger, can easily cause tensions to develop just when strong support within the family is needed most.

That is why Cancer Connections offers help for all the family. If you are the partner, parent, sister, brother or child of someone with cancer, the understanding of others in the same situation, talking with a counsellor or enjoying complementary therapy can be enormously helpful.

Children who have lost a parent or close family member face particular problems and can benefit from specialist help. At Cancer Connections we have specially trained staff who can help children and families in this situation.

If you think we could help you or others of your family telephone 0191 456 5081 or call in at Cancer Connections.

We are open Monday to Friday from 9am - 5pm at 258 Harton Lane, South Shields, NE34 0LR.