Cancer Survivorship Program
What Happens Next? : Navigating Life After Cancer
The news about childhood cancer survivors is getting better and better. Through clinical trials, pediatric oncologists have discovered treatments that can now cure almost 80 percent of children who are diagnosed with cancer. Currently, there are more than 270, 000 pediatric cancer survivors living in the United States. These numbers will continue to grow as new techniques and therapies for cancer treatment become available. Here at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, we understand that patients who have finished treatment and whose disease is not likely to recur require specialized care in a clinic that focuses specifically on the needs of survivors. The Cancer Survivorship Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia helps patients and families navigate life after cancer, including both the physical and emotional issues they may face.
In 1983, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia started the first program to care for and track long-term survivors of childhood cancers. Since that time, a team of doctors, nurses and psychologists have provided expert care to survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer who are experiencing or may be at risk for late effects of cancer treatment. Our clinic now follows close to 500 patients per year.
The main goals of the Cancer Survivorship Program are:
- Improve the health and well-being of childhood cancer survivors by promoting adherence to a schedule of follow-up appointments and routine screening tests
- Educate patients, parents and healthcare professionals about the long-term effects of cancer treatment
- Provide referrals to specialists as needed
- Offer psychological counseling
- Transition patients to adult care when ready