Learn more about various research studies that are looking for participation from childhood cancer families. While some offer financial compensation for your participation, all of them are being done for the greater good and to help other families like yours!

Youth Who Live With Chronic Pain

Purpose: To learn about the peer support needs of youth living with chronic pain to help develop a peer support intervention for youth with chronic pain.

Eligibility: Aged 12-17, have chronic pain (>3 months), speak/understand/read English.

Compensation: $20 gift card

COVID-19 and Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Purpose: To see how childhood cancer survivors are faring during the pandemic with a view to hopefully tailoring support to address any needs more effectively.

Eligibility: Childhood cancer survivors who were diagnosed at least five years ago and/or off treatment for 2 years. It can be answered by survivors 15 years of age or older or by parents if under age 15.

Make an Impact Study

Purpose: To understand why rare cancers occur and to accelerate the development of new therapies for these diseases.


Eligibility: View list of eligible cancers by clicking the "Learn More" button. Open internationally.


Compensation: FREE genetic sequencing available via Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for certain rare cancers.

Patient Engagement Strategy for Retinoblastoma Research

Purpose: To share research results with people affected by retinoblastoma (e.g., survivor, the immediate family of someone diagnosed with retinoblastoma etc.); to include a large diverse group or people affected by retinoblastoma in research; and to promote research that is created and led by people affected by retinoblastoma.

Neurosurgical Patient Perspectives on Evaluation of Residents in Competence by Design Education 2021

Purpose: To investigate patient and informal caregiver perspectives on resident doctor evaluations and to determine how best to incorporate patient evaluations and feedback into existing medical programs.

Eligibility: Either a neurosurgical patient or a family member, acting as an informal caregiver of a neurosurgical patient, who has had a minimum of one clinical encounter with a staff neurosurgeon, and are 18 years of age or older.

Worry About Cancer Recurrence Study

Purpose: To develop a questionnaire specifically for children and teens to measure worry about recurrence. We hope that this will help us to advance research in this area, and ultimately, improve long-term wellbeing for our survivors.

Eligibility: Diagnosed with cancer between 0-18 years of age; have completed active treatment; are currently 8-18 years of age; fluently speak and read English; currently live in Canada or the U.S.

Cognitive Function & Physical Activity in Young Persons Treated for Cancer

Purpose: To better understand the relationship between physical activity, cognitive function, and mental health in young persons treated for cancer.

Eligibility: Were diagnosed with cancer between 15 to 39 years and are currently between 16 to 39 years; have completed primary treatment for non-metastatic cancer; have access to the Internet and audio-visual devices; are able to read, speak, and provide informed consent in English.

Compensation: You will be entered into a draw to win a $100 CAD Visa gift card for your time.

Self-Care for Cancer Survivors

Purpose: To evaluate a self-care approach for cancer survivors with low mood. The approach tested involves a set of tools: workbooks, CDs, a DVD, and online tools. Participants' answers help researchers understand whether the tools are useful in improving mood.

My Child Has Cancer, Now What: How Parents Relay this Information to Their Child

Purpose: To examine how parents explain to the child his or her cancer diagnosis.

Eligibility: Parent of a child who was diagnosed with cancer at SickKids between 2014-2019.

CCSC Market Research Survey

Purpose: To help Childhood Cancer Survivor Canada (a new start-up nonprofit organization being launched to support childhood cancer survivors) determine how best to connect with and support survivors.

Eligibility: Childhood cancer survivors (any age).

Neuroblastoma Patient/Family Questionnaire

Purpose: To gather information from patients and families affected by pediatric neuroblastoma to help guide new research and therapeutic interventions.

Parental Coping with a Chronically Ill Child: A Closer Look into the Role of Religion

Purpose: To provide insight into how religion affects parents’ coping and how professionals working closely with chronically ill children and their families could provide emotional support and help families develop better coping strategies

Eligibility: Parents of chronically ill children

Complementary Health Approaches Use by Children and Adolescents with Cancer

Purpose: This study is being done to find out what are you and your parents thoughts on a questionnaire for children
and teens with cancer.

Eligibility: You must be between 8 and 18 years of age, diagnosed with cancer, have used any of the products
and practices of CHA (i.e. eating special foods, taking supplements, doing yoga or massage, etc.), be able to speak and read English, and be willing to complete online surveys.

Compensation: Participants will be given gift cards and certificates of community service after completing the survey.

Web-based Exercise Study for Children and Adolescents with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Purpose: To study the effect of a reward-based website on fitness and quality of life in children and adolescents who have completed chemotherapy for ALL.


Eligibility: Children aged 8-15 who have completed chemotherapy for ALL within the past 90 days, have access to a smart phone, and other criteria (see website for full list).


Compensation: Educational materials, an activity monitor and/or stickers, T-shirts and gift cards ($5 value).

Parents of Little Fighters

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to understand the individual and conjugal factors that contribute to the adaptation and the well-being of couples facing the cancer of their child, as well as the impact of illness on couple relationship.


Compensation: $60 per couple

Siblings’ Experiences with Receiving Psychosocial Support Throughout Paediatric Cancer Treatment

Purpose: To inform parents, nurses and other healthcare professionals of siblings’ psychosocial needs and improve psychosocial support for siblings in the future.


Eligibility: Siblings aged 16+ of a child that was diagnosed with cancer in the past 10 years (since 2011).