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Life After
Cancer Program

In the last 20 years, more than 1,800 cancer survivors have received treatment at Cook Children’s. But there is more to surviving than just beating the illness, especially for younger survivors who still experience physical and emotional issues, educational handicaps and fear of recurrence or second cancers.

For many of our young patients, their entire lives have centered around treatments and hospital stays. While other kids are enjoying school, parties, activities and all the things that go with growing up, our patients are often spending their days with doctors, nurses, procedures and infusions. Once the cancer is gone they enter a new kind of normal, one filled with great joy and hope, but also anxiety. The Life After Cancer Program (LACP) at Cook Children's is here to help ensure they have the support they need to enjoy a lifetime after cancer.

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Who we are

The LACP team works to help childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer survivors by providing long-term medical and emotional support, education and resources to help them adjust to new changes in their lives now and in the future. The program is designed as a long-term follow-up program for patients who are two or three years past completion of cancer therapy. The program is lead by an advanced practice nurse, Lisa Bashore, Ph.D., RN, CPNP, under the medical direction of W. Paul Bowman, M.D. Services are also supported by a licensed clinical social worker, nurse coordinator and augmented by a team of two research assistants.

What we do

The Life After Cancer Program (LACP) is a comprehensive cancer survivor program dedicated to address the many late effects which children, adolescents and young adults experience as a result of cancer treatment.

The survivorship program was the first non- academic program funded by the Livestrong Foundation.   Services provided through the Life After Cancer Program include:

The focus of the LACP is to ensure that cancer survivors undergo appropriate monitoring and follow-up, relevant to their original diagnosis and therapy. The ultimate goal is that they become independent young adults able to advocate for their own healthcare. Each patient receives a comprehensive treatment and follow-up summary with nationally approved guidelines of care. Continuity of care and access to community resources and counseling services are facilitated by our nurse coordinator and social worker and include guidance in:

Focus on the future

The Cook Children's Life After Cancer Program contributes actively to clinical research through its participation in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS). The CCSS came into existence in the early 1990's, and has generated more important research than any other organization in describing the late effects and quality of life for survivors of childhood cancer.

Recently, the original group of 26 member institutions has been expanded to 30, with Cook Children's among the 4 successful new applicants. The CCSS is a National Cancer Institute funded resource designed to systematically evaluate a large group of cancer survivors as they progress into adulthood and their later years. Cook Children's potential value to this effort has been acknowledged, as well as our early success in tracing and recruiting several hundred potential candidates from among our survivor population.

We anticipate in the coming years a very active role for clinicians and other health investigators to conduct studies and provide leadership and educational opportunities on behalf of the CCSS at Cook Children's.

Events

Camp O'Hana
The LACP organizes an annual retreat for school-age and adolescent survivors (6-17 years) and their families.

C-YA (Celebrating Young Adults)
C-YA is both for young adults with cancer and survivors of cancer who are now young adults.

Call Joyce Bender at 682-885-2164 or Maria Gardner at 817-939-1668 for more information on the Life After Cancer program and events.

Resources

In an effort to enhance general knowledge of survivorship issues, the LACP is also committed to clinical research through both nursing initiatives as well as those undertaken by the large national Childhood Cancer Survivor Study of which the LACP was granted membership in 2000.

Clinical trial forms and documents can use a lot of words that you might not understand. Below are some helpful Web site links to help you learn more about these terms.

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We are here to help.

If your child has been diagnosed, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. For information on support, research clinical trials, and resources, click here. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-4007.

 

 
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