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Student Cancer Journals- Personal Reflections and Research on Life and Death Issues

In this activity, students are "given" symptoms of particular cancers, and are given diagnoses, treatments, and prognoses. They are asked to research their particular symptoms, type of cancer, treatment regimens from a variety of sources, including journal articles, textbooks, personal interview with doctors, scientists, related agencies, and cancer patients. They are asked to make decisions about whether they would accept treatment, whether their own insurance would cover such treatment and then they "flip a coin" to determine the efficacy of their treatments (if they accept them) and also the final cure/mortality outcome. Students maintain journals of their activity and are graded for accuracy of research and completion of objectives.

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Resource Type: Teaching strategies & guidelines, Lesson plan, Assignment/Activity (non-laboratory)
Audience Level: Middle school 6-8, High school lower division 9-10, High school upper division 11-12

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Authors and Editors: Andrea Cobb of Chantilly High School, Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum
Publisher: Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum
Format: text/html
Copyright and other restrictions: Yes
Cost: No


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