Support for Siblings

When a family goes through a diagnosis like a paediatric brain tumour, it can be very tough on siblings too. Young siblings may struggle to understand what is happening and this may be exacerbated by a change in routine with hospital visits, that can affect the whole family.

Young children and teenagers can feel neglected as the family focuses on the wellbeing of the child with the diagnosis. It’s ok for brothers and sisters to feel angry, hurt, even jealous sometimes. It’s perfectly normal.

It’s important to talk honestly and openly (in an age appropriate way) with the siblings of children with a brain tumour.

They will need support too. And parents should also be careful not to feel guilty when trying their best to spread their energy and resources across all members of the family who need them.

Information & Help

Other Supports for Siblings

In Ireland we have specific organisations dedicated to the support of siblings in this context.

CanTeen Ireland

CanTeen Ireland is a nationwide support group for young people who have or had cancer, and also for their siblings and friends.


Barretstown offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness – supported behind the scenes by 24 hour on site medical and nursing care.