Siblings in the Spotlight
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the experience has a significant effect on the entire family. Siblings of children diagnosed with cancer also experience a strong emotional and social impact. Studies show that more than half of siblings of a child with cancer show post-traumatic distress symptoms.
Oftentimes, siblings feel overlooked as parents and other family members turn their attention to treatment and other considerations that coincide with a cancer diagnosis. Just as a child with cancer needs support, attention and care, so do their strongest supporters — their brothers and sisters.