Patients who participate in this program are seen every year in a clinic specially designed to meet the follow-up needs of childhood cancer survivors. They are evaluated by a team of health care professionals who have expertise in survivorship issues, including a physician or nurse practitioner, a dietitian, and a psychologist or social worker.
Patients in this program will receive careful monitoring for possible health problems that can sometimes occur after cancer treatment. They will also have the opportunity to talk with the survivorship program team about the treatment that they received for cancer, its potential impact on their health, and ways to stay as healthy as possible.
Each patient will receive a personalized record of the details of their cancer treatment. They will also receive guidelines for continued monitoring, including recommendations for preventive care and information about available resources and services. The goal is to help each survivor stay as healthy as possible, and to prevent problems from happening or catch them early, when they are most easily treated.
This program is carried out in collaboration with each patient’s primary health care and treatment team and is part of the research program here at City of Hope.