Akron Children’s Hospital established its Childhood Cancer Survivor Program in 2002 to screen for, prevent and treat the adverse sequelae (late effects) related to cancer therapy. Diagnostic and treatment services for therapy-related late effects are offered to childhood cancer survivors who have been off therapy for at least two years and have recovered from acute effects related to their therapy.
Services are available to any childhood cancer survivor, not just those treated at Akron Children’s. Multidisciplinary clinics are held twice a month and include an oncologist, nurse practitioner, social worker, physical therapist, school liaison, school teacher, genetic counselor, dietitian, child psychologist and chaplain. Audiology and echocardiography services are also available to our patients at their visits.
We work very closely with subspecialists in the hospital including cardiology, endocrinology, nephrology, ophthalmology and gastroenterology. Many of our patients are offered neuropsychologic testing to screen for potential neurocognitive deficits related to radiation and chemotherapy. We have also developed close working relationships with many area adult subspecialists for our older survivors.
In 2010, our program provided medical care and services to 110 childhood cancer survivors from 19 counties in northeast Ohio.The survivorship program offers education to patients and their parents as well as to healthcare providers about potential late effects related to cancer treatment.
Patients and families are given an individualized treatment summary outlining the potential late effects related to their treatment. A major focus of the program has been to educate area adult medical providers who will be responsible for caring for our patients when they transition from our pediatric oncology practice.
The goal of our program is to provide the necessary support and education for childhood cancer survivors to live normal, healthy lives.
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