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October 15, 1999
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

University Hospital Hosts Cancer in the Classroom Conference Nov. 3

When and how do parents inform the child’s teacher that he or she has cancer? Should schools tell students that one of their peers has cancer? How do students with cancer cope with the often long and stressful absences from school during illness and treatment?

Experts from University Hospital’s Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders and other organizations will meet to address these issues at a conference on Cancer in the Classroom Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at American Cancer Society offices, 6725 Lyons St., East Syracuse. Registration for the conference is $25 and seating is limited. To register call 315-464-6133.

“Ignorance about childhood cancers can lead to fear and a less supportive atmosphere in school,” said Deborah Karl, an education specialist with the Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders. “The more information teachers, administrators and peers have about a student’s situation, the better that student’s experience in school will be.”

The conference will open with an overview of childhood cancer and its treatment by Ronald Dubowy, M.D., director of the Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Other featured presentations include:

  • the medical and educational aspects of school re-entry by registered nurse Margaret McEvoy and Karl.
  • an overview of hospital tutoring program by Colleen Turner, a child life specialist and Steven Saya of Onondaga County Madison BOCES.
  • adolescents with cancer by Sue Karl, child life specialist.
  • lingering effects of childhood cancer treatments by Irene Cherrick, M.D., a pediatric oncologist at University Hospital.

A panel presentation featuring parents, students, teachers and siblings will conclude the program.

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