Dr. John Maris discusses the importance of cancer survivorship programs. Create a free Medscape login to watch.
The news about childhood cancer survivors is getting better and better. Through clinical trials, pediatric oncologists have discovered treatments that can now cure almost 80 percent of children who are diagnosed with cancer. Currently, there are more than 270,000 pediatric cancer survivors living in the United States. These numbers will continue to grow as new techniques and therapies for cancer treatment become available.
Here at the Cancer Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, we understand that patients who have finished treatment and whose disease is not likely to recur require specialized care in a clinic that focuses specifically on the needs of survivors. The Cancer Survivorship Program at CHOP helps patients and families navigate life after cancer, including both the physical and emotional issues they may have.
John Maris, MD, spoke about the challenges that some cancer survivors face in a video contribution to Medscape. Hear his discussion of the survivorship field, why there needs to be more education about potential survivor side effects, and what CHOP offers to those who beat childhood cancer.
In 1983, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia started the first program to care for and track long-term survivors of childhood cancers. Since that time, a team of doctors, nurses and psychologists has provided expert care to survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer who are experiencing or may be at risk for late effects of cancer treatment. Our clinic now follows almost 500 patients a year.
The main goals of the Cancer Survivorship Program are to: