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This is a basic list of resources for educators to learn more about childhood cancer and the impacts on students and learning.
Developed by the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, the program is aimed at student survivors of childhood cancer with academic challenges related to their disease/treatment history. It is focused on facilitating admission to existing vocational or academic programs, to enabling students to successfully complete these programs, and to get and hold jobs afterward.
This is a free course in the Toronto area that is provided by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Check their list of Canadian chapters to see if there is one near you offering this course.
Facilitating the School Experience for Childhood Cancer Survivors
- Common childhood cancers and treatments
- Challenges for survivors: returning to school, throughout their education, and into young adulthood
- Laws that protect childhood cancer survivors' rights
- Strategies to help meet students' short- and long-term educational needs
- Resources that support schools and families, including those from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
PODCASTS: Many of these podcasts discuss the impacts on education and how returning students may need special support post cancer treatment. They are highly informative with very good speakers. The files can be downloaded to a pc or an ipod/mp3 player. All are free. Here is a selection of topics: - Education challenges after treatment - Cognitive and Late Effects of Survivorship- Advocating for your child's learning needs- How childhood cancer touches the whole family- Returning to School
This link takes you to a PDF file that provides the latest information for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals with regards to the impacts of fatigue in cancer patients. It is published by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society which has chapters in United States and Canada.
Providing the latest information on blood cancers for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals
The Pediatric Cancer School Support Program of Southwestern Ontario is pleased to announce a revision of "Helping Schools Cope with Childhood Cancer: Current Facts and Creative Solutions". This booklet was designed to give educators information, suggestions, and confidence to meet the needs of children with cancer, their families, and their classmates and peers.
Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. It manifests itself when the blood begins producing too many white blood cells. Leukemia occurs in both adults and children. The leukemia survival rate is around fifty percent, but it can be a difficult disease to treat. Many people live with leukemia for several years while trying to fight it. There are four basic types of leukemia, but there are subcategories within those types. Doctors may use a variety of methods to treat leukemia.
Camp Quality is a non-profit, volunteer organization which provides a year-round support program for children with cancer and their families. Each of their seven camps across Canada and our year-round programs are volunteer-run, and community-funded. Camp Quality also encompasses a Puppet Program where life-size puppets visit nearly 17,000 children each year in local area schools to encourage sensitivity about cancer and its effects. The Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation is a proud supporter of Camp Quality.
Camp Oochigeas is a privately funded, volunteer based organization that provides kids with cancer and kids affected by childhood cancer with a unique opportunity for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences. The Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation is a proud supporter of Camp Ooch and funds "Ooch on the 8th" - the In-Hospital Camp Program along with The Ride For Karen, an affiliated fundraising event.
The Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre offers and promotes recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together. The Trillium Centre provides an environment that normalizes relationships and experiences, helping children and their families in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life. The Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation is a proud supporter of Camp Trillium.
A POGO listing of websites of interest for families.