Survivors Facing Forward
Childhood Cancer Survivorship
The care of children with cancer has improved dramatically in a very short period of time. Thanks to improvements in chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery, there are over 300,000 children, teens and young adults in the United States who are survivors of childhood cancer. This number will continue to grow as more survivors are added to the population every year. Ultimately as many as one in 450 adults in the US will be a survivor of childhood cancer.
As children with cancer have survived and grown into adults, it has become clear that cure is not the end of the journey for childhood cancer patients. For many of these patients the cure has been achieved at a significant price, including medical, psychological and social complications related to their treatment. Early identification and management of the late effects of therapy requires risk-focused care and surveillance combined with education and advocacy throughout life.
Survivors Facing Forward
As a leading center of pediatric oncology, the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York sees approximately 200 new cases of childhood cancer every year. This results in hundreds of childhood cancer survivors requiring ongoing care. Survivors Facing Forward is a program designed to meet the complex needs of these survivors, as well as others from the New York area. The program crosses disciplines, providing coordinated access to oncology, endocrinology, pulmonology, cardiology, psychology, nutrition and other specialists as needed.
The goals of Survivors Facing Forward include:
- Improving the health and well-being of our patients with coordinated, stream-lined care and advocacy
- Educating patients, parents and healthcare professionals about the long-term effects of cancer and its treatment
- Providing referrals to specialists as needed
- Offering psychological or social counseling as needed
- Offering opportunities to participate in research to benefit the lives of survivors
- Survivors Facing Forward aims to improve survivors’ overall health and quality of life, decrease the effects of complications associated with their cancer treatments and provide a comfortable, comprehensive and accessible patient experience. It also serves as a resource center for other health care professionals caring for cancers survivors.
Who is eligible?
Patients who are:
- At least 3 years since the last treatment
Patients are accepted from any oncology or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation program
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