Cancer Survivor Program
Surviving cancer is a great triumph. It is also the start of your journey as a cancer survivor – a journey that lasts the rest of your life. Our Cancer Survivor Program helps children and young adults stay healthy after cancer treatment.
Is this program right for me or my child?
Our program is a clinic open to all survivors of childhood cancer who have completed treatment and have no signs of cancer, no matter where treatment took place. We also see people who did not have cancer but have been treated with chemotherapy, radiation or hematopoietic stem cell transplant for other diseases.
Most survivors come to our clinic about two years after finishing therapy. The program holds clinic visits at Seattle Children’s Hospital and in the Tri-Cities, and sometimes in Montana. Many of our patients choose to schedule a visit annually, but you can decide if that works for you.
Younger than 21
Survivors are evaluated and can receive clinical care at Children’s until they are 21. Then, we will help you transition to the adult survivor clinic at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Age 21 and older
With rare exceptions, most survivors older than 21 can receive care at the adult cancer survivor program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
What does the program offer?
The Cancer Survivor Program helps identify issues and challenges that may come up after treatment has ended.
First, we review your treatment and health history. Our team creates a treatment summary and provides long-term follow-up care recommendations based on your original cancer diagnosis and the treatment you received. We also help you understand the treatment you received and potential long-term effects.
We provide coordinated care and support for:
- School and work: support for teachers or employers, including phone or email consultation or written documentation and forms
- Physical health: each survivor, regardless of where treatment took place, gets a notebook describing treatment received, any health issues or long-term outcomes to look for and how to stay healthy.
- Mental health: emotional and psychological support
- Transition to adulthood: help with the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare
- Peer support: a chance to network with other childhood cancer survivors and their families
- Family support: current cancer and health information and resources for you, your family and others in your life
- Research studies: you have the option to take part in ongoing research studies that impact growing survivorship data and information
Is there a cost to join the program?
There is no cost to join and most insurance plans cover the cost of clinic visits. Some insurance plans may require a referral before your visit. Check with your insurance company to find out about coverage and costs and if you need pre-authorization.
How to Sign Up and Get More Information
A doctor's referral is not required. While not required, we accept referrals from oncologists and primary care or other healthcare providers not at Children’s. However, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) patients usually are referred by the oncologists who treated them.
To find out if you are eligible or to make an appointment, call our clinic at 206-987-4752.
- Dr. Eric Chow directs the program.
- Karen Wilkinson, ARNP, coordinates and staffs the program, providing case management as needed.
- There is a support team including specialists from Child Life, Social Work, Financial Services, Interpreter Services and speciality clinics.
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