It is the goal of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation to help every child who comes to us for treatment of a life-threatening condition, such as cancer, to survive their diagnosis. It’s that simple.
Through the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada we work to provide the best and most appropriate treatment leading to the best possible outcome. That is our mission and thankfully, our survivors vastly outnumber those warriors who unfortunately lost their battle. Those lives will never be forgotten.
As part of the success of new treatments and increased survivorship, there is also a new focus on the long-term outcome of childhood cancer survivors and efforts to keep them healthy. That is why we are offering a new program aimed at helping long term survivors understand their specific history and how it will affect them in the future, including:
- specific long-term health risks
- the importance of advising future medical personnel about your health history and having that information easily accessible
- offering annual health screenings to pinpoint issues early
You can find out more about the Long Term Follow Up Program on our website. You’ll find information on how to get in touch with our new patient coordinator, or the program coordinator if you have specific medical questions. Because this is a program of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, if you feel you cannot afford this type of long- term follow up care, we can help.
A few final notes about childhood cancer and its survivors. Although the vast majority of cancer research in this country is aimed at adults, with help from organizations such as St Baldrick’s Foundation the survival rate for many childhood cancers has drastically increased. That is great news, but not the end of the story. A few things to keep in mind:
- Almost 80% of children diagnosed with cancer will be cured of their cancer.
- More than 60% of long-term childhood cancer survivors have chronic illness as a consequence of the therapy they received, and more than 25% have a severe or life-threatening illness.
- In addition to the risks of physical health, many survivors experience anxiety: 16% of survivors meet criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder.
- There are more than 325,000 survivors of childhood cancer in the United States, representing approximately 1 in 570 young adults.
- Approximately 75% of centers that treat childhood cancer have some form of long-term follow up program.
(Courtesy: St. Baldrick’s Foundation “5 Facts about Childhood Cancer Survivors“)