School Psychology Forum

Late Effects of Childhood Cancer: Implications for School Psychologists

Kathy L. Bradley-Klug and Ashley N. Sundman

Volume 4 Issue 3,

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ABSTRACT: Due to an increase in the rate of survival for children diagnosed with cancer, school psychologists must become knowledgeable of the long-lasting impact of this disease, particularly with respect to educational progress and performance. The purpose of this article is to present the most common late effects of childhood cancer that negatively affect a survivor’s academic, physical, and psychosocial outcomes. Evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies to limit the impact of these late effects are discussed. The importance of developing partnerships across educational, medical, and family systems is stressed along with suggestions for school psychologists to facilitate systems-level communication and collaboration to ultimately provide optimal educational experiences for survivors of childhood cancer.