Long Term Survival

Long Term Survival

Today, because of advances in treatment, about 80% of children treated for cancer survive 5 years or more. But the treatments that allow these children to live can also cause health problems that may not show up until months or years after treatment. These problems are called late effects. Because childhood cancer survivors are living longer, their long-term health and these late effects have become a focus of care and research.

CANCER SURVIVOR TREATMENT RECORD

A printable Cancer Survivor's Treatment Record entitled "Taking Care of Yourself for Life" helps keep track of your medical history for childhood cancer. Have your doctor complete the summary of treatment and guidelines for health monitoring that may reduce your chances of medical problems in the future. (coming soon)

Late Effects of Cancer Treatment

Careful follow-up after cancer treatment allows doctors to find and treat the late effects as early as possible. This care should focus on the type of cancer the child had, the treatments used, and the risk of late effects from those treatments. The Children's Oncology Group has developed long-term follow-up guidelines for survivors of childhood, adolescent, and young adult cancers.  You can learn more and download the guides at http://www.survivorshipguidelines.org/

Prepare for Life after Cancer

The Late Effects Assessment Tool is a free interactive tool designed to prepare survivors for potential medical issues that may arise after treatment has ended and to offer strategies for maintaining overall health.