Courtesy of CURESEARCH for Children's Cancer
Approval to return to school after an extended medical absence can only be made by your child’s attending oncologist. Very likely, your child will still be receiving anti-cancer therapy when the physician feels it is safe and appropriate to return to school. Although a child still receiving treatment may be at risk of getting an infection or “catching something” from classmates, the benefits of attending school and being with other children usually far outweigh the risks.
Many families prefer a gradual return, especially if the cancer or treatment has been particularly debilitating. In these instances, parents may request return to a single class for a week and then half days for a week before return to the regular school day.