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ERIC Number: EJ1179821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Teaching Students with Childhood Cancer: It's More than Just the Disease
Losinski, Mickey; Ennis, Robin Parks
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v50 n5 p292-300 May-Jun 2018
Childhood cancers are the second leading cause of death among children. Common childhood cancers include leukemia (34%), brain tumors (23%), and lymphomas (12%; Kaatsch, 2010). Fortunately, survival rates related to these diseases have been increasing (Phillips et al., 2015). There are approximately 388,500 survivors of childhood cancers, with 83.5% of children (ages 5-19) living more than 5 years since initial diagnosis. It is estimated that 66% of survivors experience a chronic condition related to their cancer or respective treatment (Phillips et al., 2015). One of the major conditions is often described as "chemo brain" (Staat & Segatore, 2005), which results in a variety of neuropsychological deficits, including impaired attention, memory, and intelligence (Compas, Jaser, Reeslund, Patel, & Yarboi, 2017). According to Phillips and colleagues (2015), 35% of childhood cancer survivors experience some neuropsychological deficits. Additionally, 17% of children report issues with psychological distress (anxiety, depression), and 12% report issues with chronic pain (Phillips et al., 2015). In addition to these deficits, children may develop a variety of behavioral issues and engage in risky health behaviors, often leading to obesity and substance-abuse issues (Bauld, Toumbourou, Anderson, Coffey, & Olsson, 2005). The effects of the disease and treatment can result in students' eligibility for special education services. This article examines resources and accommodations for students with childhood cancer.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)
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