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Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program

Your care doesn’t stop after you beat cancer. More than half of childhood cancer survivors develop at least one delayed side effect or complication from the treatment or the cancer itself. Our team helps reduce or cure these late effects through regular screenings, individualized care, and access to the most current information and research.

Specialized care.

Just as the treatment of childhood cancer requires a very specialized approach, so does the follow-up and monitoring of late effects, which can be subtle and difficult to diagnose. 

Akron Children's Hospital's team of pediatric oncologists, social workers, psychologists, audiologists, physical therapists, nutritionists, geneticists and other medical specialists are specially trained to help detect, prevent and treat any late effects. We care for any childhood cancer survivor who has been off treatment for 2 years, up to age 25.

We also help childhood cancer survivors transition to adulthood and serve as a resource for their primary care doctor.

Types of late effects.

Late effects typically vary based on the type of cancer, the treatments used, the age of the child at the time of diagnosis, and how long it has been since the cancer survivor completed treatment.

Common late effects include:

  • Learning difficulties
  • Abnormal bone growth; growth disorders
  • Thyroid problems
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision problems
  • Dental problems
  • Lung, liver or kidney problems
  • Heart problems
  • Fertility issues
  • Increased risk of future cancers

These late effects can often be prevented, controlled or improved if anticipated and detected early.

Life after cancer.

Regular, long-term medical follow up and social support are as important as treating the cancer.

Our team will help you identify and address any late effects of your cancer treatment, provide individualized information about the treatment used to save your life, and educate you on survivor resources and lifestyle recommendations to help you lead a healthy and long life after cancer.

We’ll also assist you with your unique needs and concerns such as school, job and insurance issues and provide physical and emotional support.

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Locations

Contact Cancer Survivorship Program

330-543-8580

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Cancer and Blood Disorders
Akron Children's Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders
Main Hospital Building
214 West Bowery Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3220
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Cancer and Blood Disorders, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, Boardman
Leonard J. Fisher Family Building
6505 Market Street, Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Fax: 330-746-9523
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Stephanie Savelli
Stephanie Savelli, MD

Director, Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program; Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist

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