Treatments and Services
Cancer Survivor Program
What is the Cancer Survivor Program?
Our Cancer Survivor Program helps children, teens and young adults stay healthy after cancer treatment.
- Our program is open to all survivors of childhood cancer who have completed treatment and have no signs of cancer.
- We welcome all cancer survivors, no matter where treatment took place.
- We also see young people who have been treated for noncancer diseases with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or stem cell transplant.
- We offer clinics in Seattle, the Tri-Cities and Missoula, Montana.
- Most insurance plans cover the cost of clinic visits. You may need a referral. It’s best to check with your insurance company.
- We evaluate and provide care for survivors younger than 21 years. Then we will help with transition to the adult Survivorship Clinic at Fred Hutch.
What’s special about the Cancer Survivor Program at Seattle Children’s?
Our goal is to keep survivors healthy over the long term by providing excellent care and education about future health risks.
The Cancer Survivor Program is part of Seattle Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. The Cancer Survivor Program is part of Seattle Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. For more than a decade, our Cancer Center has been consistently ranked among the top pediatric oncology programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. For 2019-20, it has the highest ranking in the Northwest.
We identify issues and challenges that may come up after treatment has ended. At the start, our team:
- Reviews your child’s treatment and health history, regardless of where they received treatment
- Creates a treatment summary
- Helps you and your child understand the treatment they received and potential long-term effects
- Recommends long-term follow-up care based on your child’s original cancer diagnosis and the treatment received
Many of our patients visit once a year, but you can decide what schedule works for you. We do regular check-ups and coordinate any care your child may need.
- You will get a notebook describing treatment received, any health issues or long-term outcomes to look for, and tips on how to stay healthy.
- We refer you to other healthcare providers if you need care from other types of specialists.
- We offer emotional and psychological support to help with the challenges along your journey.
- We provide supportive care ranging from nutrition to physical therapy.
- We make referrals to social and community resources as needed.
- Peer support: A chance to get to know other childhood cancer survivors and their families. We hold events from time to time and can connect you to other groups.
- Family support: Up-to-date information and resources on cancer and overall health for you, your family and others in your life.
- School and work: Support for teachers or employers, including phone or email consultation or written documentation and forms.
Your child will have the option to take part in research studies that help us learn about survivorship so we can better serve your needs.
We also do research to identify risk factors or early signs of aftereffects of treatment, such as heart damage or later cancers. Finding people at risk early could help prevent or lessen these late effects.
Dr. Eric Chow, medical director for the program, is a nationally known expert in the long-term effects of treatment for childhood cancer. He holds leadership roles in the Children’s Oncology Group and the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute.
Read more about improving the quality of life for survivors of childhood cancer.
Physicians or advanced practice providers may guide your child’s care, depending on their needs. Our support team includes specialists from Child Life, Social Work, Financial Services, Interpreter Services and medical specialty clinics.
Meet our doctors:
- Eric Chow, MD, MPH, program director
- Erin Barthel, MD
- Aimee Foord, DO
- Kasey Leger, MD, MS
- Amy Wein, ARNP
- Kim Lowole, RN
- Vona Heiland, family services coordinator
Scheduling an appointment
- To make an appointment, you can call us directly or get a referral from your child’s oncologist or primary care provider.
- We encourage you to coordinate with your family doctor when coming to Seattle Children’s.
- Most insurance plans cover the cost of clinic visits. Some insurance plans may require a referral before your visit. Check with your insurance company about coverage, costs and if you need pre-authorization.
- How to schedule an appointment at Seattle Children’s.
- Learn about resources such as useful links, videos and recommended reading for you and your family.
- Providers, see how to refer a patient.
These presentations are from the 2016 Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness conference for survivors of childhood cancer. The survivorship programs of Seattle Children’s and Fred Hutch host the free event every 2 to 4 years.
- Emotional and Mental Health of Survivors (PDF)
- Fertility and Reproductive Issues – Female (PDF)
- Fertility and Reproductive Issues – Male (PDF)
- Financial Resources and Opportunities (PDF)
- Late Effects from Cancer Treatment (PDF)
- Nutrition for Cancer Survivors (PDF)
- Transitions to Adulthood (PDF)