The program offers comprehensive medical and emotional care, education on late effects of cancer treatment, and recommendations for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The team follows the Children’s Oncology Group’s Long-term Follow-up Guidelines for Survivors of Childhood, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancers to make recommendations for long-term monitoring for potential late effects of treatment. The program also works with survivors to prepare for transition of medical care to adult providers.
Late effects are health issues that can occur any time after treatment for childhood cancer. Many late effects occur between two to five years after completion of therapy but other late effects may not show up for many years after the treatment.
Many childhood cancer survivors and their families are not aware of the potential late effects that may occur many years after treatment. The earlier the problem is identified the sooner treatment can be started. The Survive and Thrive clinic can help provide information about your child's health care needs to their primary care doctor, ensuring that the necessary screening will continue.