Over the last 60 years, success rates in treating childhood cancers have grown dramatically from 10% to greater than 85%. Negative effects of treatments, however, place survivors at risk for neurocognitive deficits that can make school challenging. Evidence shows that receiving special education services can benefit affected children. However, communication and knowledge gaps among families and service providers can present access challenges. This mini-review considers the literature on communication between medical providers, families, and school professionals and identifies recommended tools for improving success and efficiency. Additional recommendations are made regarding improving access and adoption of such tools including the need for adaptations and expansions of available resources to address health disparity concerns for an increasingly linguistically and culturally diverse population.
- Childhood cancer survivors
- Health disparities
- Patient/provider communication
- Pediatric cancer
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