The Connecting Program

The Connecting Program: A Breast Cancer Program for Diagnosed Mothers with Adolescents

You have cancer.  In addition to questions you have about your health, you may also be wondering about the best way to handle the cancer with your adolescent.  The Connecting Program is a program designed to assist you in helping your 13 to 19 year old with your breast cancer.

The program includes ways you can:

  • Enhance communication with your adolescent in talking about your cancer
  • Draw out your adolescent’s feelings and concerns about your cancer
  • Support your adolescent and decrease stress related to your cancer
  • This program was created in response to parents telling us about the challenges they experienced in responding to their adolescent during treatment for breast cancer.

The Connecting Program is offered through the School of Nursing at the University of Washington.  Patient educators are clinicians experienced with working with families. 

The Connecting Program is available at no charge and offers:

  • Five 1 hour sessions at two week intervals with a patient educator in a clinic setting.
  • A Parent’s Workbook to lead you through carefully developed activities and exercises.
  • The Connecting Program is available to parents who have a 13 to 19 year old and who are:
  • Diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Living in the Puget Sound Area

For more information about this program, please call:

Mary Ellen Shands, RN, MN at 206 685-0837 or email

(Please remember that we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any information sent by e-mail.)