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Last year my 10-year-old daughter fought cancer and underwent six chemos, surgeries, etc. She is back in 5th grade and struggling. It appears that her short term memory is gone. She has to spend hours on one subject and then still fails the test. She is doing very poorly with simply reading a paragraph and answering questions. Is there any way to reverse the side effects and strengthen, if you will, her short term memory?

Unfortunately, chemo and radiation therapy can cause short term memory loss. Sometimes things improve over time. You need to work with the professionals at the cancer center she attends. You need guidance on working with your school system. There are ways to get coded under educational law (IDEA) so that she will get proper placement and help in school. She should not be in a general educational fifth grade program is she has the disabilities you mention.

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