Childhood Cancer

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School Support

A childhood cancer diagnosis can be difficult for teachers, administrators and families to manage in a school setting. Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is committed to providing support and encouragement for school professionals to address the needs of the school community.

ALSF School Guide: Supporting Families and Classmates Affected by Childhood Cancer is a free resource that offers concise, practical guidance including:

  • Talking points to establish effective communication between home, school, and healthcare professionals
  • Navigating conversations with students in the classroom
  • Providing an easier transition back to school
  • Offering extra support to siblings of childhood cancer patients
  • Encouraging a positive atmosphere for the whole classroom
  • Supporting classmates through grief and loss
  • And more!

ALSF School Guide

Additional Resources:

Request a copy of Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand for your classroom

Common Reactions After a Childhood Cancer Diagnosis

  • Feeling physically ill
  • Changes in appetite
  • Withdrawal
  • Decline in academic performance
  • Periods of extreme productivity (overachievement)
  • Frequent absences or tardiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Decreased attention span
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger

How to Help Your Students

  • Err on the side of concern
  • Provide as much positive feedback as possible
  • View irritability as sadness or fear rather than confrontation
  • Encourage peer support
  • Decrease or modify academic demands
  • Encourage students to write or draw about their feelings
  • Remind students you are available if they want to talk about anything
  • Maintain open contact with parents