Resources about cancer

Resources about cancer

Some useful resources to help with a child's re-entry into the classroom after cancer treatment. This is part of a whole section on education when a child has cancer.

Storybooks

The books below are available for you to download for free.

Joe has leukaemia

Cover of Joe has LeukaemiaJoe has leukaemia is about a boy who becomes unwell during his first year at school and is diagnosed with leukaemia. 'Joe has leukaemia' is written especially for parents and carers to read with children so that they can understand cancer and its treatment.

The book explains Joe's tests, treatment and experience of hospital life in simple language. The storybook also includes a useful glossary of words to do with cancer and treatment.

Tom has lymphoma

Cover of Tom has lymphobaTom has lymphoma is about a boy who is diagnosed with lymphoma when he is 10 years old. 'Tom has lymphoma' is designed to be read with children to help them understand cancer and its treatment.

Tom's scans, treatment, and side effects, such as hair loss, are explained in simple language. The storybook also includes a useful glossary of words to do with cancer and treatment.

Lucy has a tumour

Cover of Lucy has a tumourLucy has a tumour is about a 5-year-old girl, who is diagnosed with a tumour in her tummy. 'Lucy has a tumour' is designed for parents to read with their children, to help them understand cancer and its treatment.

The storybook explains Lucy's tests, treatment and side effects in simple language. It includes a useful glossary of words to do with hospital life and cancer.

Mary has a brain tumour

Cover of Mary has a tumourMary has a brain tumour is about a girl who is diagnosed with a brain tumour when she is 5.

It is written for parents and carers to read with children to help them understand cancer and treatment. Mary has an operation, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and loses her hair because of treatment. 

The book explains cancer, its treatment and side effects in simple language. It has a useful glossary of words to do with hospital life, brain tumours and cancer treatment.

Jess' stem cell donation

Cover of Jess' stem cell donationJess' stem cell donation is about a girl who donates stem cells.

The book is designed for parents to read with their children, to help them understand stem cell donation.

It covers every step of the donation journey from preparing for hospital to the operation and what happens afterwards.

Ben's stem cell transplant

Cover of Ben's stem cell transplantBen's stem cell transplant is a colourfully illustrated storybook for young children preparing for a stem cell transplant.

It follows the story of Ben, from his initial visit to the stem cell transplant unit through treatment, managing side effects, exploring emotions and what happens after discharge from hospital.

 

Chemotherapy, cakes and cancer   Cover of chemotherapy and cakes

Chemotherapy, cakes and cancer is a friendly guide to hospital life and includes Megan's best tips for coping with long hospital stays.

It also covers a range of medical terms and side effects. This A-Z guide to living with childhood cancer was written by Megan Blunt who was 14 years old when she was diagnosed with bone cancer.

I can move mountains

Cover of I can move mountains I can move mountains is an activity book which offers kids with cancer opportunities to journal about themselves. They can explore things they like trying their hand at being a cartoonist and even complete a hospital scavenger hunt.

The book aims to help children with cancer believe they can move beyond the 'mountain' of treatment and illness they're facing.

Lesson plans and other resources

Teenage Cancer TrustTeenage Cancer Trust (UK) lesson plans

The Teenage Cancer Trust have a series of free resources lessons plans and videos to help educate young people about cancer.

They also have a free handy resource for young people called 'Honest Answers, Sound Advice: A Young Person's Guide to Cancer'.

Livestrong cancer resources 

A young girl resting her head in her hand

The Livestrong cancer resources are a series of award-winning lessons, worksheets, and more to generate classroom discussions about cancer, cancer treatment, and how to support those living with cancer.

Use these materials to help your students cope with and learn about cancer, as well as get involved in the fight against cancer in your community.

Decoding cancer lesson plans

2 women looking at a classroom model The Decoding cancer lesson plans are classroom-ready interactive high school lessons. They are designed to help students develop problem-solving and decision-making skills with real-life applications.

They will apply their knowledge of biology, expand their understanding of genetics, explore relationships between science and technology and learn about health-related careers. 

Monkey in My Chair

Monkey in my chair resourceMonkey in My Chair is a complete programme to help you and your classroom keep connected to your sick student.

This programme is sponsored by Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand and is available for children with leukaemia or other blood cancers.

When your student is away from school, a bigger monkey sits in their chair, while a smaller monkey keeps your child/student with cancer company while they are away from school.

The kits include:

  • the monkey with a backpack
  • a book to help you explain your student's situation to their classmates
  • a teacher companion guide with resources
  • other items for your student and their classmates

The pages in the childhood cancer and education section of this website have been developed in collaboration with the National Child Cancer Network (NZ), and the Ministry of Education. Content has been approved by the National Child Cancer Network (NZ).

This page last reviewed 20 August 2018.
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