Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley has developed a cancer survivorship program to help minimize or cure potential problems, or late effects, caused by childhood cancer and/or its treatment.
Many childhood cancer survivors experience side effects of cancer or cancer treatments, such as impaired fertility and lung function, heart conditions, learning disabilities, psychological problems and joint problems. These complications may not occur until many years after therapy, but most cancer survivors experience some type of late effect, with a third of those being moderate to severe.
“Through the survivorship program, our goal is to integrate childhood cancer survivors into society, so they will lead productive and successful lives,” said Jeffrey Hord, MD, director of pediatric hematology-oncology for the Akron Children's Hospital system.
The program is designed to help patients and families manage life after cancer by monitoring patients for late effects. Through the program, patients receive regular screenings for late effects and an individualized treatment plan.
Participants are evaluated at least annually by a team of childhood cancer survivor experts. Education, support and access to the most current information and research are provided.
The survivorship team is made up individuals with special expertise in the issues faced by childhood cancer survivors. Team members include an oncologist, oncology nurse practitioner, social worker, dietitian, physical therapist and other medical specialists as needed.
Childhood cancer survivors who have been off treatment for two years are eligible to participate in the survivorship program, regardless of age.
The new program is located in Akron Children's center for childhood cancer and blood disorders at its Beeghly campus in Boardman.
For more information about the program, call 330-746-9522.
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