For some patients, treatments for cancer and other blood disorders can cause short-term or long-term side effects. These changes can make school more difficult . So the School Program at City of Hope supplies support so students can secure the special services they need to keep pursuing educational success.
Some side effects of treatment that can make school re-entry challenging include:
- Becoming tired more easily
- Physical activity limitations
- Lowered immune function
- Difficulty remembering, concentrating and learning new material
- Depression, anxiety and isolation
We help patients and their families tackle many of these concerns by:
- Attending school meetings as a hospital representative and advocate
- Advocating for Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans that legally protect special accommodations for students
- Educational counseling and case management services
- Educational referrals for community resources
- Coordinating referrals for neuropsychological testing
To get more information, just contact Kayla Fulginiti, MSW, School Program Coordinator at 626-256-4673, ext. 62282.