(ChemotherapyAdvisor) – More than 1 million students worldwide have been reached through “LIVESTRONG at School,” a program that provides teachers with tools necessary to educate about cancer and offer support, according to a presentation from the Lance Armstrong Foundation at a conference on non-communicable diseases in children (NCD Child) in Oakland, CA, held March 19-20.
An estimated 1.6 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the US this year. Children in classrooms confront cancer daily, whether in themselves or in a grandparent, parent, family member, friend, or teacher. In fact, 25% of cancer survivors in the US have at least one school-aged child at home, and a third of breast cancer survivors in the US have dependent children. Some 3 in every 4 families in the US will help care for a family member with cancer.
“LIVESTRONG at School,” which is free and available online, features age-appropriate materials for children from kindergarten to 12th grade. Included are lesson plans, printable worksheets, videos of cancer survivors, classroom posters, and family resources.
“Teachers have reported increases in students’ knowledge about cancer and cancer survivorship as a result of using the program,” the presenters reported. More than 90% of teachers reported their students learned something new about cancer and cancer survivorship; that they would use the curriculum again; and that they would recommend the curriculum to a friend.
Project partners include the LIVESTRONG experts in cancer survivorship; Scholastic, Inc.; and Alpheus Media, a LIVESTRONG partner that films cancer survivors globally. Since the program’s online launch in fall 2009, materials have been downloaded more than 56,000 times.