News: Bringing Cancer to the Classroom

-Cancer can be a difficult subject to talk about, so Teenage Cancer Trust has developed free online educational resources for teachers and youth workers to use. The Trust help young people learn more about the disease and also how it can affect body image, relationships and friendships.

Teenage Cancer Trust has developed a range of new and exciting educational resources which are being launched during 3-7 March 2014. During this week we want to encourage teachers and youth workers to try our free downloadable interactive resources and new lesson plans (sample attached) on topics associated around cancer such as body image, fertility and bullying.

Data collected by Teenage Cancer Trust in 2013 shows that less than 25% of students know three or more signs of cancer so we aim to empower teaching staff to use these resources and feel confident in talking about cancer and the impact the disease can have on young people.

Free booklets, posters and lesson plans are available at 

The promotion of these resources got @3Diassociates thinking about literature that can support talking about teenage cancer issues, highlighting these books which explore life with cancer:

  • The Fault in our Stars, by John Green tells the story of Hazel, who has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

  • Two Weeks with the Queen, by Maurice Gleitzman tells the story about Colin who refuses to believe that his younger brother is dying of cancer and decides to take things into his own hands. Colin decides to go to the top for help, none other than the Queen. Colin’s efforts to penetrate the British establishment are hilarious, surprising and doomed to failure, but although Colin can’t find a cure for cancer, he does find a way to help some of the new friends he makes, as well as discovering the best thing he can do for Luke.

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