Today, nearly 75 percent of all children with cancer have a chance of surviving five years and beyond thanks to remarkable advances in treatments.
The dramatic growth in survivorship has created a community that may face unique health and psychological challenges as they age; challenges referred to as the “late effects” of the disease and its treatment. The most common late effects include:
- Cardiac problems
- Learning disabilities
- Growth and fertility issues
- Psychological dysfunction
- Second malignancies
The Life After Cancer Clinic at UCLA was created to address the medical and quality-of-life issues of childhood cancer survivors through a comprehensive health evaluation, a psychosocial assessment and targeted specialty referrals. The program also helps survivors with educational, vocational and insurance coverage challenges.
For more information, please contact:
La Vette Bowles, F.N.P
Last updated: 6/18/2013 2:37:39 PM