A new Cancer Council resource will help schools support the growing number of students, families and staff affected by cancer.
Whether it is a personal diagnosis of a student or staff member, or a loved one of anyone within the school, Cancer Council’s Cancer in the School Community resource explains how school staff can offer support throughout all stages.
In Australia, about 1000 school-aged children and more than 127000 adults are diagnosed with cancer each year.
About a third of those adults are under 60 and many have a school-aged child.
Cancer Council Victoria’s cancer information support services head Megan Chiswell said the resource offered expert knowledge and practical advice to make sure no member of a school community faced cancer alone.
‘‘Every school is a community, a network of relationships connecting students, parents, guardians and family members with principals, teachers and other school staff,’’ she said.
‘‘When anyone in a school community is diagnosed with cancer, people usually want to help but may not be sure where to start.
‘‘Cancer in the School Community provides guidance on the best approach for discussing cancer in and around the classroom and tips on communicating with people of all ages about cancer.’’.
The resource is relevant for all school staff throughout Australia and may also be useful for parents, students or family members.
●Cancer in the School Community is available for download at www.cancervic.org.au/cancer-in-the-school-community or schools can order free hard copies by contacting Cancer Council on 131 120.