Advances in treatment mean more young people are surviving cancer than ever before. Even so, the impact of the disease and its treatments can be felt for decades. Our Childhood Cancer Survivors Clinic is here to help manage these effects. The clinic helps pediatric cancer survivors overcome the physical, psychological and developmental problems that may result from the disease.
Because we've successfully treated thousands of young people, we can predict many long-term side effects based on each patient’s medical history. This allows us to create monitoring and treatment programs for each patient. And since more young people are surviving cancer than ever before, we are constantly learning more about these side effects and how to best address them.
It doesn’t matter if you got your cancer care at MD Anderson or at another hospital. You can become a patient at the Childhood Cancer Survivors Clinic. We help anyone who was diagnosed with cancer before age 21 and has been out of treatment and cancer-free for at least two years, regardless of the person's present age.
The clinic's services include:
- Complete history and physical examinations
- Assessment of risks for late-effects based on the patient’s cancer and treatment
- Blood work, echocardiograms, X-rays, and other evaluations based on risks
- Regular cancer screening
- Summaries for you and your primary care physician
- Referrals to medical specialists, including neuropsychologists, pain specialists, and rehabilitation services if needed
- Information on community resources and professional services
- Genetic counseling