Gilda’s CLASS is a comprehensive cancer support resource created at Gilda’s Club Westchester by a team of educators, public health professionals, and mental health professionals who specialize in oncology. It contains age-appropriate lessons that help students to learn concrete information about different types of cancer, survival rates, cancer incidence, treatments and side effects, ways to reduce cancer risk, and the role of social and emotional support for any individual impacted by cancer. These lessons have been developed for middle and high school students and are appropriate for health and science classes. Although cancer can be a difficult topic to discuss in the classroom, the Gilda’s CLASS lessons are designed to foster discussion and present the information in a non-threatening and supportive way.

The Curriculum is designed for use in middle and high school health or science classes. The lessons were all created to support the New York State Learning Standards for Health Education.

It’s a simple process! Click on the samples above to preview some of the materials and then email us at schoolinfo@gildasclubwestchester.org to request a password in order to access the full curriculum. One of the Gilda’s CLASS staff will respond as soon as possible to provide you with the password.

Resources for School Professionals

Educational Programs and Trainings on Topics Related to the Impact of Cancer:

All workshops and trainings are free of charge and take place at Gilda’s Club Westchester. To sign up, please call 914.644.8844 or email schoolinfo@gildasclubwestchester.org.

Save the Date:

The 9th Annual Cancer in the Classroom Symposium will be held on Wednesday February 3, 2021 in collaboration with Gilda’s Club New York City and Gilda’s Club Rochester. The half day symposium will be offered via ZOOM and is open to any school professional and is free of charge. The day will focus on supporting children, teens and school communities impacted by cancer. For more information, or to register, please contact Children, Teens and Families Manager Jaime Aker: jaker@gildasclubwestchester.org.

Gilda’s CLASS Support Group Handbook: A Facilitator’s Guide:

A handbook and training provided to middle and high school professionals so that schools have the necessary tools to implement support for students in their community. Within this guide, school professionals have access to a six-week support group for middle and high school students who have a family member living with cancer, as well as a six-week support group for middle and high school students who have experienced the death of a family member from cancer. Training is required in order to receive the Handbook. For upcoming training dates, please email schoolinfo@gildasclubwestchester.org.

Gilda’s CLASS A Resource Guide for School Professionals:

This booklet is designed to provide straight-forward, accessible information on how to support children and teens impacted by cancer. It addresses a child’s cognitive understanding of cancer based on his or her age, common behaviors or reactions that school professionals may observe, how to talk to children about cancer, and helpful ways a school can respond when a child is diagnosed with cancer. An extensive list of resources is available to further support the school. To download your own copy of the Resource Guide, please click here.

Online Curriculum for Middle and High School Educators:

Interactive lessons for health and science teachers that cover age-appropriate cancer facts and dispel common cancer myths. Training is required to utilize the curriculum. For upcoming training dates, please email schoolinfo@gildasclubwestchester.org.

Videos:

Videos created by teens at Gilda’s Club Westchester sharing their experience with cancer. Watch the videos below

Glossary: A List of Cancer-Related Terms

A group of more than 100 diseases in which cells in a part of the body begin to grow out of control.
 
Any substance that causes cancer or helps cancer grow.
 

A caregiver is anyone who provides physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, or logistical support to a loved one with a chronic, disabling or life-threatening illness.

Treatment with drugs to destroy cancer cells.
 
A section of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) that has information on hereditary traits such as hair color, eye color, and height, as well as susceptibility to certain diseases.
 
Cancerous; A tumor that is cancerous is called malignant.
 
Cells that make the skin coloring.
A cancerous (malignant) tumor that begins in the melanocytes.
 
A doctor with special training in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
A prediction of the course of disease. The outlook for the chances of survival.
The use of high-energy particles to destroy or damage cancer cells. It is one of the most common treatments for cancer.
Complete or partial disappearance of the signs and symptoms of cancer in response to treatment; the period during which a disease is under control.
Anything that is related to a person’s chance of getting a disease such as cancer.
Also known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) or passive smoke. It is a mixture of 2 forms of smoke that come from burning tobacco: sidestream smoke (smoke that comes from the end of a lighted cigarette, pipe, or cigar) and mainstream smoke (smoke that is exhaled by a smoker).
An operation for the removal or change of a particular part of the body typically performed under an anesthetic.
A change in the body caused by an illness or condition, as described by the person experiencing it.

These definitions come from the websites of the Cancer Support Community and the American Cancer Society.