Cancer affects us all in some way, perhaps a diagnosis within our immediate family, a relative or friend and of course there is so much information to read, watch and to listen to about this disease.
Children and young people will probably know the word "cancer". It is likely they will have formed their own ideas about what "cancer" means.
Talking about cancer to your class can help clarify their thoughts, alleviate fears and misconceptions and this is especially important when a student in your class has been personally affected by cancer, either through their own diagnosis or that of a sibling or parent.
We can offer some general tips which may help in preparing a cancer talk for your pupils. If you have a student with cancer in your class, perhaps invite him or her to help with your preparation. This will offer the student reassurance through familiarity with the content of the talk and may also encourage other pupils to speak more openly about cancer.
Downloadable Resource Sheets for talking to your class about cancer: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/resources-and-publications/information-for-teachers-and-schools/teaching-about-cancer
Information on how to manage cancer in a school setting: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/resources-and-publications/information-for-teachers-and-schools
Information and advice to help teachers support students with cancer or those who have a family member or relative with cancer: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support
Also, visit our Parents' section to read information about cancer specifics, for example child cancer types, treatments, tests, side effects and more.