Survivorship Research at OHSU

Researching the Late Effects of Childhood Cancer

Pediatric oncology researchers at OHSU Doernbecher and around the world are investigating many aspects of survivorship. Ongoing survivorship research will help us understand how the many treatments used in the past and present will impact future survivors – as well as improve the lives of cancer survivors.

The Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is committed to studying the late effects of childhood cancer. 

We participate in national research studies and also develop a number of research studies at our hospital. You may be offered participation in a research study but your participation is optional. 

Ongoing Research on Late Effects of Childhood Cancer 

Several survivorship research studies are underway at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. While there may be no direct benefit to individuals from participating, we hope to learn important information that will improve the way we treat future patients. 

Some studies may help us minimize the long-term effects of therapy and some may help us provide better care for specific late complications that certain survivors are currently experiencing.

Current survivorship research studies at OHSU include: 

  • A study about late effects on the heart looking at the standard screening method, echocardiogram, and comparing it to a new method, cardiac MRI, for people who have received a specific type of chemotherapy called anthracycline. 
  • A study asking teenagers who have been treated for leukemia to tell us how we might be able to use an online community to help them have better overall health and wellness. 
  • A study evaluating the patterns of walking in people who are currently being treated and who have completed treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia or lymphoblastic lymphoma.