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Single Fathers Due to Cancer

The Single Fathers Due to Cancer program is dedicated to helping the thousands of fathers who each year lose their spouses to cancer and must adjust to being sole parents.

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Men who have dependent children and whose spouses or partners died from cancer are an overlooked population. The Single Fathers Due to Cancer program offers support, information, and resources to fathers as they adjust to being sole parents and work through their grief and that of their children. This program is the first of it's kind in the U.S. and its purpose is to help widowed fathers who face unique challenges not addressed by traditional grief support groups that often attract an older, female population. 

Developed by Donald Rosenstein, MD, director of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, and Justin Yopp, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, the group grew out of the doctors' work with young mothers who were dying of cancer and their families. During the counseling sessions mothers expressed concerns about how their husbands and children were coping with their terminal illness and would cope after their death.

Join the support group

The Single Fathers Due to Cancer Program includes a monthly support group for fathers and their children. The program is free and open to any single father due to cancer, but registration is required. The group meets the third Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at Carolina Pointe II. Fathers are welcomed to bring their children, who will be supervised in a separate room and provided pizza, drinks and activities.

For more information, visit singlefathersduetocancer.org or email .

The program is currently recruiting single fathers to participate in a survey in order to develop treatments to lessen the burden of future generations of fathers and their children. Click here to take the survey.

Check out the links below for more news and information about the program.


Chapel Hill News - UNC starts support group for fathers widowed by cancer

by Megan Fazekas-King (fazekask) last modified Dec 11, 2013 03:27 PM

UNC Lineberger's Single Fathers Due to Cancer program featured in the Chapel Hill News.

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News & Observer - UNC Lineberger support group member featured in book review

News & Observer - UNC Lineberger support group member featured in book review

by Megan Fazekas-King (fazekask) last modified Dec 04, 2013 01:09 PM

Bruce Ham, one of the original members of the Single Fathers Due to Cancer support group, has written a memoir, “Laughter, Tears and Braids,” about his journey raising three daughters after the death of his wife from cancer.

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Single Fathers Due to Cancer Google+ hangout set for Nov. 1

Single Fathers Due to Cancer Google+ hangout set for Nov. 1

by UNC Health Care last modified Oct 28, 2013 03:58 PM

Join UNC Health Care at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on Friday, Nov. 1, for a discussion of how fathers cope with the loss of their wife or partner, meet the demands of sole parenthood, and manage their children's grief.

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Single Fathers Due to Cancer in the media

by Megan Fazekas-King (fazekask) last modified Oct 31, 2013 04:43 PM

The first of its kind program, Single Fathers Due to Cancer, continues to gain attention through media reports.

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New York Times features Single Fathers Due to Cancer

by Megan Fazekas-King (fazekask) last modified Apr 22, 2013 03:07 PM

Health reporter for the New York Times, Jane Brody, features the Single Fathers Due to Cancer program.

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Single Fathers Due to Cancer featured in Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing

by Dianne Shaw last modified Apr 08, 2013 05:08 PM

Men who have dependent children and whose spouses or partners died from cancer are an overlooked population. These fathers face unique challenges not addressed by traditional grief support groups that often attract an older, female population.

Single Fathers Due to Cancer featured in Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing - Read More…

Today Show features Single Fathers Due to Cancer

by William Shawn Davis last modified Apr 08, 2013 05:10 PM

NBC's Today Show spotlighted the first-of-its-kind program designed to help single dad's who have lost a spouse to cancer. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports on the group's efforts.

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Single Fathers Due to Cancer featured in the Triangle Tribune

Single Fathers Due to Cancer featured in the Triangle Tribune

by William Shawn Davis last modified Feb 21, 2013 04:05 PM

The article profiles Russell Tatum, a father who found emotional support for himself and his family through the UNC Lineberger-supported group designed for fathers who have lost a spouse to cancer.

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New resource for single fathers due to cancer

New resource for single fathers due to cancer

by maryruth.helms last modified Nov 07, 2012 02:41 PM

A new website for Single Fathers Due to Cancer has been launched as a way to help fathers more easily find resources and support.

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Bruce Ham shares his story, how support group for single fathers due to cancer helps him

by maryruth.helms last modified Feb 14, 2013 03:40 PM

Bruce Ham heard about the “Support Program for Single Fathers” from a friend. “I attended the first meeting. The guys in the group were going through exactly what I was going through and they were a similar age, they had all lost their wives to cancer, they all had kids in the house, so we had a lot in common. That’s what made it appealing to me.”

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Single fatherhood due to cancer, UNC faculty offer support

Single fatherhood due to cancer, UNC faculty offer support

by maryruth.helms last modified Aug 15, 2011 10:53 AM

Cancer is a leading cause of widowed fatherhood in the United States. Faculty with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program authored a commentary titled “Single Fatherhood Due to Cancer” in the August issue of the journal Psycho-Oncology outlining challenges these fathers face and future directions to develop supportive interventions for them and their children.

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Support for Single Fathers Now Available

by Susan Lucas last modified Mar 09, 2011 03:54 PM

Part of UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program

Support for Single Fathers Now Available - Read More…

Visit Website

Visit the Single Fathers Due to Cancer website for more information on the program, as well as resources and a survey for single fathers.

Contact the CCSP

By Phone:

Main: 919-966-3494
Carolina Pointe II: 919-957-6600

By Email:

ccsp@med.unc.edu

By Mail:

170 Manning Drive, CB# 7305
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7305