Cancer in the school community
This section is for school staff who want to support students, families and colleagues affected by cancer. It is relevant for all primary and secondary school staff throughout Australia. It may also be helpful for parents, guardians, students and family members.
Talking about cancer is never easy, and you may feel concerned about saying the wrong thing.
A student’s diagnosis can be shocking for many in the school community, but the school can play a crucial role in supporting the student.
Teachers and other school staff play a key role in maintaining a sense of stability and normality for the student during this challenging time.
If a staff member in your school has been diagnosed with cancer, it can affect every aspect of their life, including their employment.
Although many people diagnosed with cancer will be successfully treated and live for many years, not everyone will recover and some people with cancer do die.
We can provide information and support, and can point you in the right direction for more specialised assistance.
When someone in a school community has cancer, a key part of the principal’s role is to communicate essential information to parents.