The Trish Greene Back to School Program For Children With Cancer offers free information and materials to parents and educators. The program was developed to encourage communication among parents, young patients, healthcare professionals and school personnel to assure children a smooth transition from active treatment to back to school.
To provide these resources to your patients, see below or contact an LLS Information Specialist.
Staying Connected: Facilitating the Learning Experience During and After Cancer Treatment
A continuing education program for teachers, school nurses, social workers, school counselors, and other school and college personnel focused on the needs of children, adolescents and young adults (AYAs) who have survived or are being treated for any type of cancer. The program provides information on cancers that affect children and AYAs, education and psychosocial challenges for survivors throughout their education, laws that protect childhood/AYA survivors’ rights, strategies to help meet the students’ needs, and resources to support schools and families.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Free Booklets and Videos
- Coping with Childhood Leukemia and Lymphoma - This booklet offers practical suggestions for integrating a child back into normal family and school routines and gives parents, families and professionals insight into the child's diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. (Also available in Spanish.) Click here to download or order copies.
- Learning & Living with Cancer - This booklet can help parents advocate for their child's educational needs. It examines the learning challenges your child may face both during and after cancer treatment, laws that protect the educational needs of children with cancer and specific ways that schools can help meet a child's educational needs. (Also available in Spanish.) Click here to download or order copies.
- Long-Term and Late Effects of Treatment for Childhood Leukemia or Lymphoma Facts - This fact sheet can help parents understand long-term and late effects of childhood blood cancers and provides guidance and resources for dealing with these treatment effects. (Also available in Spanish.) Click here to download or order a copy.
- Pictures of My Journey Coloring Book- This coloring and activity book can help children ages 3 to 11 cope with the new people, situations and concerns that are part of the childhood cancer experience. Click here to download or order copies.
- The Stem Cell Transplant Coloring Book - This coloring and activity book is for children coping with having a stem cell transplant and for his or her siblings and classmates, as well as for children with a parent undergoing a transplant. Click here to download or order copies.
- Why Charlie Brown, Why? - This DVD tells the tale of a classmate who is diagnosed with leukemia. Using Charles Schulz's lovable Peanuts characters, the video helps children understand what leukemia is, how it's treated and how a child recovering from leukemia feels. When a classmate teases the girl because she has no hair, her friends rally around her and help the other children understand why his remarks were hurtful. Produced by Charles Schultz and United Media. (Also available in Spanish.) Contact an LLS Information Specialist for copies.
For more information about The Trish Greene program, contact an LLS Information Specialist.
Before her death from cancer in 1999, Trish Greene, Ph.D., was the senior vice president of Patient Services at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She was devoted to patient services for cancer patients and created the Back-to-School program. Her devotion to patients and their families will never be forgotten.