Thanks to the advancements in cancer treatment, more and more children that are diagnosed with cancer are surviving into adulthood. Battling cancer is a serious hardship on its own, but recovery can come with its own challenges.
After surviving cancer, health problems (late effects) can develop years after your child has completed treatment. Your child’s risk of long-term effects may be different than another child based on the specific cancer treatment they received. Fortunately, dedicated screening for these late effects can help identify possible problems early.
The Children’s Survivorship Clinic was created to provide specialized follow-up care for childhood cancer and bone marrow transplant survivors. With close follow-up and careful monitoring, we can help ensure your child achieves their best quality of life.
Care At The Survivorship Clinic
The Survivorship Clinic provides complete medical care for your child, patient and family education, survivor-specific resources, and guidelines for future screening.
Children’s multidisciplinary team develops an individualized plan for:
- Specialized clinical care, labs, imaging studies, and other tests
- Personalized education about any therapy your child received and what it might mean for their future medical care
- Coordination with your child’s primary care physician
- Providing a summary of any treatment they received
- Recommending future screenings
- Psychosocial support and access to additional resources
- Ongoing school support
- Important information on maintaining a healthy lifestyle
- Transitioning to an adult care provider
Who Is On The Survivorship Team?
Our expert team specializes in the care of your child, adolescent, or young adult after cancer treatment. Led by pediatric oncologists Melissa Acquazzino, MD, and Sachit Patel, MD, your survivorship clinic team includes:
- Pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant physicians and nurse practitioners
- Nurse case managers
- Social workers
- Physical therapists
- Other subspecialists, as needed
Is My Child Eligible For The Survivorship Clinic?
The Survivorship Clinic is available to children, adolescents, and young adults up to age 21 who were treated for childhood cancer and have been off therapy for at least 2 years. The Survivorship Clinic is held two to three times a month. Appointments include meeting with multiple specialists in one visit.
What To Do Next
Contact the Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Hematology/Oncology Program at 402-955-3950.
For Referring Providers
The Physicians’ Priority Line is your 24-hour link to pediatric specialists at Children’s for referrals, emergency and urgent consults, physician-to-physician consults, admissions, and transport services. Call 855-850-KIDS (5437).
Learn more about referring patients.