You might be forgiven for thinking that for a child or teen diagnosed with cancer, school would be the last thing on their mind.
But intensive treatment, like chemotherapy, takes many kids with cancer out of the classroom for a lengthy period, causing concerns for kids and parents that they’ll fall behind. “They do worry about school,” says Laurie Leigh, director of the St. Jude School Program by Chili’s at St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Even with a good prognosis, as an increasing proportion of kids survive cancer, many still face formidable challenges beyond fighting the cancer itself, including being out of school for a long time. That can leave them worrying about things like whether they might fail or have to repeat a grade, Leigh says.
Of course, that only adds to the initial, overwhelming nature of a child’s diagnosis with cancer for the family. “When she was first diagnosed … I felt like my heart fell out of my body – it was just devastating to hear the word cancer, because it’s such a scary word,” says Sywanda Smith, whose daughter Da’Maya Smith was diagnosed with cancer in September 2016 at the age of 9.
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