Cancer Is A Disease That Affects A Child 's Educational Performance Essay

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Cancer is a disease that affects the lives of millions of people worldwide everyday, including students in the education system. This disease is covered under IDEA, and falls under the category of Other Health Impairments, which is defined as a medical condition that results in limited strength, vitality, or alertness due to chronic or acute health problems that affect a child’s educational performance or ability. There are many examples of Other Health Impairments, such as Diabetes, Tourette syndrome, asthma and heart conditions, but childhood Cancer is a common disease that affect many children in the world (Special Education Guide, 2016). Cancer begins when normal cells change, and begin to grow abnormally and uncontrollably. These cells divide rapidly and destroy surrounding body tissue. In many cases, the cells join together, forming a solid mass called a tumor. Tumors can grow, invade nearby tissue, or break apart, allowing cancerous cells to travel to different parts of the body. Childhood cancer begins with the same process, but can behave differently than adult cancers, even if they begin in the same part of the body. Cancer in children can occur anywhere in the body, including the blood and lymph node system, the brain and other parts of the central nervous system, and the kidneys. The most common form of childhood cancer is Leukemia, which is the cancer of the bone marrow and blood (Cancer.net, 2014). Cancer is caused by changes in the genes that control the…

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