As a result of continued improvements in treating pediatric cancer, approximately 80% of children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer today will become long-term survivors. These survivors are at risk for late effects, or complications, related to their cancer diagnosis and/or treatment, and require lifelong monitoring. Potential late effects include impaired growth, heart and lung problems, secondary cancers, learning disabilities, and vision or hearing problems.
The Taking on Life after Cancer (TLC) Clinic, at the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, is the only childhood cancer survivorship clinic in Alabama designed specifically to help pediatric cancer survivors optimize their health and quality of life. The clinic strives to provide appropriate risk-based care for survivors and works to increase awareness among healthcare providers of the unique needs of childhood cancer survivors.
The TLC clinic provides detailed information for cancer survivors and their families regarding the patient’s treatment and risks for late effects, psychosocial evaluation and support, risk-based screening for late effects, and referrals to other specialists, as needed. The program is devoted to participating in research and outreach initiatives to better
understand and meet the needs of pediatric cancer survivors.