Kids' Guide to Cancer
Our Kids’ Guide to Cancer App is a world first, award-winning app that supports kids who have a parent, sibling, friend, or loved one with cancer. It’s a free, interactive educational program that answers the most common questions children have about cancer.
The app contains age-appropriate information about cancer, hospitals, medicines, treatment and people who help. The app also features animated stories promoting peer support and understanding. The Kids’ Guide to Cancer App won "Best in Class" at the 2015 and 2017 Interactive Media Awards – their highest honour!
Details about the app
This is one of the stories in the app that helps kids learn about the cancer experience in a fun and age-appropriate way.
- Contains information about cancer and how people get it
- Delves into the different types of cancers people can get
- Explains how the different treatments for cancer work
- Describes the roles of the many people involved in the cancer experience
- Animated stories of kids’ experiences with cancer
- Simple tips kids can use to help their loved ones with cancer
- Busts common myths about cancer
Genevieve Antill, Camp Quality Program Manager
There was a big gap in service for kids who felt scared or confused when their brother, sister, mum or dad was diagnosed with cancer. Existing information about cancer was hard to access and limited to one type of cancer. Cancer is a very adult issue; this app makes it child-friendly.
I wish this was around when my daughter Hannah was diagnosed. It would have made it so much easier to know who to connect with and who is there to help with the stages of the cancer journey.
Instantly the app was a hit. It is very easily understood, straight forward and to the point with no big medical terminology. From a parent’s point of view, it is perfect for children that have just been diagnosed and their siblings to understand what’s going on.
History of the app
We wanted to know exactly what support and resources kids with a parent with cancer had, so we commissioned Dr Claire Wakefield (of Sydney Children’s Hospital and the University of NSW) to undertake the largest comprehensive worldwide literature review. What she discovered was that there is a distinct lack of age-appropriate information about cancer, and that it was an issue that urgently needed to be addressed.
Looking to fill this gap, we held focus groups, consulted with health professionals and other not-for-profits to develop our very first app, aimed at answering the most common questions kids have about cancer. Providing this information in plain English to kids without confusing or scaring them was also an important focus for us.
Have you or someone you know downloaded the app and used it? We would love to hear what you think! Leave a review on iTunes or Google Play, or head here and help us continue developing a great app for kids who have a loved one with cancer.