After completing active treatment, your child’s unique medical history may pose new or ongoing challenges to their health. We provide specialized survivorship care that focuses on your child’s well-being and includes expert cancer monitoring and screening, managing any new or continuing symptoms or side effects, mental and social support, nutrition and lifestyle guidance, and other assistance — for life.
Why it's important
Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments are harsh on the body, and young cancer survivors face a higher risk for late medical and psychosocial effects, such as:
- Secondary cancers
- Fertility issues (from radiation, surgery and alkylating chemotherapy agents)
- Heart problems (from anthracycline chemotherapy agents, such as Daunorubicin, Doxorubicin and Adriamycin)
- Bone marrow disorders that can affect your blood counts (from certain types of chemotherapy)
- Anxiety and distress
How we can help
Our Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Survivorship team will develop a long-term personalized care plan according to your child’s specific diagnosis and treatment history. This may include:
- Medical and preventive care, including annual clinic visits, cancer screenings, surveillance and vaccinations, according to national evidence-based guidelines. In addition, can manage any health conditions or treatment-related side effects.
- Social support and guidance. We offer support groups, social events and one-on-one counseling to address post-treatment adjustment, anxiety, depression, stress, and concerns about fertility and parenting.
- Connection with other specialists as needed dietitians, physical or occupational therapists, and more.
- Legal and financial assistance. We can assist with returning to school, and in later years, offer guidance about employment issues and getting health and life insurance.
Any childhood cancer survivor, no matter where his or her treatment was received, is welcome at the Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Survivorship program. Call 1-800-ROSWELL.