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“Lunch & Learn” is a series of sessions that provide a special time for parents, grandparents, other relatives and caregivers to get together to learn more about childhood cancer, its treatment, and how to use this information to promote normalcy within the family when a child has been diagnosed with cancer.  Each session will cover a different topic.

We aim to make you, your family, and your child as knowledgeable and comfortable as possible. Please do not hesitate to ask more ques ons about the program. You and your family are important members of the treatment team, and we encourage you to learn and understand as much as you can to make your child’s journey through treatment and recovery as safe and smooth as possible.

Can My Child Attend?

Lunch & Learn sessions are designed to offer caregivers a time to learn about their child’s diagnosis. Many parents and family members use this me to ask ques ons about cancer and discuss some of the ways that their families have been affected. Your child and other family members are welcome to attend the sessions. Please discuss this with your nurse or social worker if you have any concerns.

While you are off the unit, your nurse will be able to contact you in the event that you are needed at your child’s bedside. Pagers will be available for parents who cannot be contacted via a personal mobile device.

By attending the Lunch & Learn Program, you will have the opportunity to meet many of the specialists who are involved in the care of your child. A different topic will be presented at each program session. Attend any or all of the sessions
– the more sessions you attend, the more you will discover about living with childhood cancer. You will have the opportunity to learn more about cancer, tests and procedures, treatment and side effects, infection control, daily living, school issues, child life resources, nutrition, social work resources, mental health and coping, treatment complications, handling emergencies, and the late effects of treatment experienced by survivors of childhood cancer. Your suggestions for future topics are always welcome.

  • What?

    Each session will cover a different topic. Ask one of the Pediatric Nurse Prac oner Clinical Nurse Specialists for the topic of the week, or check the flyers posted on the Arts, Literature, and Theater neighborhoods for details. Attend as many sessions as you like – there is always new information to be learned!

  • Where?

    Lunch & Learn sessions will be offered approximately every two weeks at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

    You can attend the program by joining us in the Parent Resource Center, located on the First Floor of the Children’s Hospital.

  • When?

    The program will run for one hour between 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. A complimentary light lunch will be offered during the session.

  • For More Information?

    Please direct your comments and ques ons to the Lunch & Learn Program Coordinator:

    Connie Leonick, CPNP