Our 24/7 cancer helpline provides information and answers for people dealing with cancer. We can connect you with trained cancer information specialists who will answer questions about a cancer diagnosis and provide guidance and a compassionate ear.
Our highly trained specialists are available 24/7 via phone and on weekdays can assist through video calls and online chat. We connect patients, caregivers, and family members with essential services and resources at every step of their cancer journey. Ask us how you can get involved and support the fight against cancer. Some of the topics we can assist with include:
For medical questions, we encourage you to review our information with your doctor.
Though it may not seem important in light of everything else going on, continuing to be a part of the school community should be a priority. For many children, school is a safe place for learning, fun, and friendship that’s far from the world of cancer and treatments. School is the main part of almost every child’s daily life, and going back to school is a sign of normalcy. Most pediatric treatment centers offer resources and support to help make sure your child continues with their education with instruction at home, in the hospital, or attending school part-time when they feel well enough. Here are some reasons why it helps children with cancer to continue with school activities during treatment:
Children’s hospitals may have education coordinators and teachers to help the child keep up with school during long hospitalizations or clinic visits. Hospital education coordinators and teachers might also coordinate with your child's school to arrange other types of instruction. If your hospital does not have a teacher on the team, talk with a social worker, nurse, or child life specialist about getting support to work with your child's school. The school options that may work best for your child depend on many factors, including the type of cancer and types of treatment needed. There are a few different ways your child can keep up with school during treatment, so it is best to talk with your team about the best school options for your child.
During cancer treatment it can be hard to send your child to school without worrying about how they will feel while they are there and the risk of infection. If you and your cancer care team decide that it is medically safe for your child to go to school, the benefits of going to school and connecting with peers often outweigh the risks. Because going to school during treatment takes teamwork, most pediatric treatment centers offer special support in the school to make it easier to go back. Many children will not be able to return to school full-time during treatment but might be able to spend some time at school off and on when they are feeling well and when the cancer care team feels it is medically appropriate for them to be at school If you and your cancer care team decide that your child is ready to return, here are some things you can do that might be helpful if your child will return to school at some point during treatment:
Please see Returning to School After Cancer Treatment, for more information.
Our team is made up of doctors and oncology certified nurses with deep knowledge of cancer care as well as journalists, editors, and translators with extensive experience in medical writing.
Childrens Oncology Group. School Support. Accessed at https://childrensoncologygroup.org/index.php/home/48-coping-with-cancer/school-support on September 18th 2017
Thompson A, Christiansen H, Elam M, et al. Academic continuity and school reentry support as a standard of care in pediatric oncology. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015; 62: S805-S817.
Last Revised: October 13, 2017
Donate now so we can continue to provide access to critical cancer information, resources, and support to improve lives of people with cancer and their families.