Why is survivorship care important?
Most Patients Experience Late Effects of Pediatric Cancer
Childhood cancer survivors are at risk for physical and psychological issues related to the cancer and its therapy. Your risks depend on your specific exposures.
Possible late effects include:
- Cardiopulmonary (heart abnormalities, reduced lung function)
- Musculoskeletal (decreased bone density, joint damage, scoliosis, post surgical changes)
- Dental (short roots, weakened enamel, missing teeth)
- Eyes (cataracts)
- Endocrine (growth failure, thyroid problems, infertility)
- Neurocognitive (learning disabilities, memory loss, poor concentration)
- Social or emotional concerns
- Second cancers/tumors, benign or malignant
We can help
The news in the childhood cancer world continues to improve. Through clinical trials, pediatric oncologists have discovered treatments that can now cure 80 percent of children who are diagnosed with cancer. There are over 350,000 long term childhood cancer survivors in the US under 40. We want to arm survivors with the knowledge they will need to thrive.
A visit to the Cancer Survivorship program will provide you with:
- Information about your exposures to chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery and how those modalities might impact your future health.
- A written summary of your past treatment, to give future health care providers a better understanding of your individual needs.
- A personalized roadmap for recommended screening, based on your exposures.
Living with the cure
Dr. Sue Lindemulder discusses the long-term effects of cancer and cancer treatments and how she helps survivors understand their ongoing risks for late effects.