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supporting study and work


For someone under 25 facing cancer, treatment will likely interrupt school, study and work, but that doesn’t have to mean they miss out. As a supporter, there are ways you can help them manage and stay on track as much as possible.  

staying in touch with school

While a break from study will probably be necessary during treatment, staying involved with school in some way can make a big difference. Here are some ideas on how to support this: 

  • Talk to teachers, tutors or lecturers about ways to stay up-to-date, even just with favourite subjects


Check in with your hospital social worker about schools on site, and about accessing a Redkite education grant to cover costs like tutoring or buying tools to study. 

returning to school

Going back to school after a long break can be daunting. Young people are often worried about being too tired to concentrate, feeling out of the loop with friends, and looking different after treatment. For primary school aged children, Camp Quality’s travelling puppet show can be a great way to answer classmates’ questions about cancer. 


The Ronald McDonald Learning Program has resources on managing primary and high school. The Redkite support team are also here for teenagers and young adults to support them as they go back to school. 

keeping up with work 

Balancing a job with a cancer diagnosis is possible, especially if employers can be flexible around time off for appointments and recovering from treatment. Employers may have questions about the cancer and treatment or ask for medical certificates to cover leave.


Your hospital social worker and the Redkite support team can help you manage these conversations, and you may want to look at the Cancer’s Council’s information on cancer and work.

Last updated September 2015.