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Librarians Can Be Essential To Helping Children Cope with Cancer

According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, it is estimated that 15,780 children (0-19 years of age) are diagnosed with cancer every year. Approximately 1 child in 285 is diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. before their 20th birthday. Every 3 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer somewhere in the world [1]. When a child is going through cancer treatment, the challenges extend to the entire family, and librarians can play a crucial role in helping them cope. Cancer is a disease of high complexity, with demands that go beyond the assistance of healthcare professionals. More than diagnosis and treatment, these children need a long chain of support that includes mental health counseling, encouraging and advising families on how to support the children, specific hygiene care (since children can be immunosuppressed due to treatments), and because children going through cancer treatment will miss their classes, there is a process…