Parents may think school isn’t safe for their sick child. They worry it might be overwhelming. They might be afraid their child will get infections, become overly tired, or might be teased for being different. But it’s important for children return to school as soon as they can after they’re diagnosed with cancer. Most children see school as more than just a place for learning; it’s also a place for fun and friendship.
Going back to school might be a challenge or a relief for the child with cancer. Either way, it gives the child the clear message that they have a future and potential for a full recovery from cancer. Parents will benefit, too, when their lives become more normal. Siblings will also begin to get some much-needed extra attention when the child goes back to school. It truly is a “win-win” situation for the child and the whole family.