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The VITA program is ideally suited for patients who have recently completed cancer treatment and are considered disease-free, but who also want to take charge of their future health or manage lingering symptoms. VITA can also be helpful to patients who had cancer many years ago, such as survivors of childhood cancer, and who may be unaware of the ongoing health risks posed by their past treatments. We provide consultations for survivors of all types of cancers.

The program is not meant to replace your regular care with your cancer specialist or primary care doctor. Rather, it enhances the quality of your routine follow-up care by adding the expertise of our VITA program clinicians. Their experience and knowledge in addressing the long-term and late effects of cancer treatment may be helpful to any cancer survivor who is still troubled by ongoing problems after treatment.

What are long-term and late effects?

Long-term effects are side effects that begin during cancer treatment and continue on after your treatment is completed. Some examples of long-term effects are cancer-related fatigue, pain and/or neuropathy and menopausal symptoms.

Late effects may appear a few months after your treatment is completed or several years later. Some examples of late effects are osteoporosis, second primary cancers, memory problems, anxiety and/or depression, lymphedema and kidney and liver problems.

What problems does VITA address?

The VITA team addresses what are known as the long-term and late effects of cancer treatment. Different cancer treatments are associated with different types of long-term and late effects, which is why it is important to understand your cancer treatment history.

Not all cancer survivors experience long-term or late effects. Talk to your health care provider about your cancer treatment history and the potential for long-term and late effects and what you can do to help minimize them.

Make an appointment with the VITA program.

Last updated: 6/20/2013 1:18:05 PM