About 3,500 children under the age of 19 are diagnosed with leukemia each year. The Trish Greene Back to School Program for Children with Cancer brings free information and materials to parents and educators from the local chapters of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The program was developed to foster communication among parents, young patients, healthcare professionals and school personnel, in preparation for the child's return to school and other activities.
Cancer survival rates for children have improved significantly during the past several decades. Still, not knowing what the future holds is difficult for families dealing with childhood cancer. Children with cancer may face long periods of treatment, but most return to school and complete their educations. The transition may go quite well overall, but there are likely to be stressful times.
The Trish Greene Back to School Program for Children with Cancer and other free education materials from LLS provide resources for dealing with the transition. Resources include
- Back to School Resources brochure - summarizes the objectives and resources of The Trish Greene to School Program for Children with Cancer.
- Childhood Cancer Series Archived Programs brochure - Describes LLS archived national education programs and how to get transcripts and audio versions. For more information click on Survivorship Education Series.
- Childhood Blood Cancers Web page - An information source including the printable materials Some Ideas to Help Brothers and Sisters Cope and Some Coping Ideas for Parents. For more information click on Childhood Blood Cancers.
- Coping with Childhood Leukemia and Lymphoma booklet - Information and insights for parents, families and professionals about the child's initial diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. (Available in Spanish.)
- Learning & Living With Cancer: Advocating for your child's educational needs booklet - Information for parents and schools, with specific ways to help and facts about the laws that protect education needs. (Available in Spanish.)
- Pictures of My Journey - A coloring and activity book to help children ages 3 to 11 cope with the new people, situations and concerns that are part of the childhood cancer experience.
- The Stem Cell Transplant Coloring Book - For children who are coping with having a stem cell transplant and for siblings, classmates and children with a parent who is having a transplant.
- Welcome Back: Facilitating the School Experience for Childhood Cancer Survivors - An education program about emotional, physical and cognitive effects of treatment.
- Why Charlie Brown, Why? DVD or Video For young, school-age children, featuring characters from Peanuts. Produced by Charles Schultz and United Media. (Available in Spanish.)
LLS also offers the following education materials:
- Co-Pay Assistance Program brochure - Program description, eligibility requirements and how to apply. Support for this program is based
on the availability of funds by disease diagnosis. (Available in Spanish.)
- Financial Health Matters - Information on private and public health coverage and applying for financial aid. (Available in Spanish.)
- Facts flyer - A summary of facts and statistics about blood cancers.(Available in Spanish.)
- Information Resource Center brochure - Describes the role of the Information Resource Center (IRC) at LLS, how to contact us and business hours. (Available in Spanish.)
- Easy-to-read booklets about diagnosis, treatment, research and resources. (Available in Spanish.)
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers
- The CML Guide / Information for Patients and Caregivers
- The Lymphoma Guide / Information for Patients and Caregivers
- Understanding Leukemia
- Detailed booklets about diagnosis, treatment, research and resources. (Available in Spanish.)
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
- Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
- Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Myelodysplastic Syndromes
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Fact sheets to help manage side effects, and long-term and late effects of treatment. (Available in Spanish.)
PDFs for most of materials listed above can be viewed, printed and ordered at www.LLS.org/freematerials. Or call (800) 955-4572 or email infocenter@LLS.org.
For more information about The Trish Greene Program contact your local LLS chapter. LLS chapters are located throughout the United States and Canada.
To locate a chapter in your area visit www.LLS.org.
Please contact the IRC or your local LLS chapter for our most recent catalog of materials.