New resource for Single Fathers Due to Cancer

The Single Fathers Due to Cancer Program includes a website and monthly support group for fathers and their children.

New resource for Single Fathers Due to Cancer click to enlarge The website includes common experiences of single fatherhood, resources to support children, and helpful organizations and resource information.

Contact: Dianne G. Shaw 919-966-7834, dgs@med.unc.edu

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.  - The UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program has launched a new website for Single Fathers Due to Cancer as a way to help fathers more easily find resources and support: http://www.singlefathersduetocancer.org. The CCSP is a program of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center led by Donald Rosenstein, MD, professor of psychiatry.

The website includes common experiences of single fatherhood, resources to support children, and helpful organizations and resource information.

Justin Yopp, PhD, program coordinator for Single Fathers Due to Cancer, explains, "Each year, thousands of men mourn the loss of their wives to cancer while adjusting to their new role as single parents.  Remarkably, there are very few resources available for these men.  We launched the website to help with a common but virtually ignored challenge for families affected by cancer.  

“The site also includes a research survey that fathers are invited to complete so that we can learn more about their coping and adjustment needs."

Results from the UNC Institutional Review Board-approved study will help program faculty develop interventions to lessen the burden of future generations of fathers and their children.

The Single Fathers Due to Cancer Program includes a monthly support group for fathers and their children. Dr. Rosenstein, co- leads the support group and the Single Fathers Program.

For more information, visit http://www.singlefathersduetocancer.org or email singlefathersduetcancer@unc.edu

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