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Children survivors of Medullablastoma brain cancer

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Hello - I'm looking for feedback regarding children that survived brain cancer with radiation and chemo.  Any noted side effects 2 years later and how the child is doing in school.  i now have a  grandaughter in my care since September and it seems to me that she is unable to focus at school or at home and unable to memorize her math tables, etc.   At home she searches for simple words for a conversation and cannot follow basic instructions too well. When she started 4th grade I told the school that she needed to be thoroughly assessed as i saw several issues such as extreme short term memory.  I can see the school is not going to do anything and the teacher feels like she can do better and the cancer treatment is an excuse.  I dont know and would love to hear from other parents. She just received her report card and it is very bad

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Joined: Oct 2017

Hello cobbs, read your post and I possibly could provide some feed back about this issue.  I am a 50 year survivor of a medulloblastom malignant brain tumor. I had my tumor when I was 7 yrs old and in the 2nd grade. 10 years later, I gaduated within the top percent of my class.  While I was out of school for the surgery and recovery period, I used materials that were provided by the scholol to keep up with schoolwork, so when I returned for the 3rd grade, I did not feel like I had missed anything.  I didn't notice any difficulty in the learning process when I retutned and grades were always about average.  In Jr high and high school is where I performed my best schoolwork and focused more on having a career one day. My surgery was in 1969 and after graduating from a vocational school, I went to work at a Medical Center as a certified medical technologist in 1982.  I have held this career field for 36 years.  I pray and hope that your grand daughter will improve in the coming time, might take a while.  But I just wanted you to know, a child with medulloblastoma  history, can do good in school, so don't give up on your grand daughter. She will surprise you one day.

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