At the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, we know cancer survivorship is a life-long journey. That’s because childhood cancer survivors require specialized, long-term follow-up care and support to stay healthy years after their treatment has ended.
Our Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Program, led by Deborah Kramer, MD, a pediatric hematologist-oncologist, empowers pediatric cancer survivors and their caregivers by providing them with the information and support they need as they transition to life without cancer. To be eligible, childhood cancer survivors must have completed at least two years after the completion of their cancer therapy.
The goals of the childhood cancer survivorship program are to:
- Educate childhood cancer survivors by providing them with a detailed healthcare summary with a list of all drugs and cancer treatments received to date
- Empower pediatric cancer survivors to lead a healthy lifestyle and continue preventive care
- Educate patients, parents and caregivers about the potential long-term effects of cancer treatment (including any related physical complications, neurocognitive concerns and learning disabilities)
- Provide referrals to healthcare professionals and specialists as needed
- Discuss any emotional concerns and provide referrals to psychological counseling (on-site neuropsychologist)
- Manage any chronic conditions or related healthcare concerns (including cardiovascular and lung issues, growth delays, infertility, secondary tumors, etc.)