Returning to School

For children with cancer and their parents, returning to school builds hope for the future. Attending school is a big part of feeling normal and productive. Yet, going back to school also brings new challenges to families whose main focus has been getting through treatment. LIVESTRONG and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, through a national partnership, have created resources addressing the educational needs of children and adolescents with cancer.

The educational booklet, Learning and Living with Cancer: Advocating for Your Child's Educational Needs, can help parents advocate for their children's needs. This booklet is a starting point to give you:

  • Insights about the challenges your child may face and what can be done
  • Information about the laws that protect your child's educational needs
  • Specific ways that schools can help meet your child's educational needs

Download the booklet Learning and Living with Cancer: Advocating for Your Child's Educational Needs (PDF)

The resource guide can help school personnel and parents to identify organizations, websites, books and videos that help with the educational needs of childhood cancer survivors.

Download the resource guide (PDF)

You can also order the booklet by mail at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Web site

What is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The Society's mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested more than $483 million in research specifically targeting blood cancers.

How are LIVESTRONG and the Society working together to improve the lives of people affected by cancer?
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and LIVESTRONG have collaborated to develop Welcome Back: Facilitating the Return to School for Children with Cancer, a program to help school personnel facilitate childhood cancer survivors' return to school. The goal of this program, which focuses on both the short-term and late effects of childhood cancer, is to increase the knowledge of school teachers, nurses, social workers, guidance counselors and administrators working with childhood cancer survivors from the point of diagnosis and beyond. After completing the pilot programs, a national curriculum and model for school re-entry was created and implemented in all of the Society's chapters nationwide. Along with the program, an educational booklet for parents, Learning and Living with Cancer: Advocating for Your Child's Educational Needs, has been developed for national distribution in consultation with a Society-sponsored national task force composed of health care and educational professionals.

How can I get involved?
You can help further the work of LIVESTRONG and the Society by:

  • Increasing awareness of the educational needs of childhood cancer survivors in your community. Distribute copies of the Learning and Living with Cancer: Advocating for Your Child's Educational Needs resource guide to local schools.  To order free copies of the booklet, contact the Society at (800) 955-4572. 
  • Encouraging school personnel to participate in the Welcome Back: Facilitating the Return to School for Children with Cancer training.  To learn more and to find a training near you, please visit  http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=8916


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