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There is reason to be hopeful, even when facing a disease like cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, the 5-year survival rate for all childhood cancers is 80 percent, and the 10-year survival rate is 75 percent.

Late Effects of Pediatric Cancer

Treatments that save lives may also cause potentially long-lasting complications. These complications may not be noticed until years later and include:

  • Growth and development problems
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Cognitive impairments and learning difficulties
  • Breathing problems
  • Vision problems, including cataracts
  • Hearing loss
  • Anxiety that the cancer will return

Services During & After Cancer Treatment

UVA's Survivorship Clinic addresses these physical and emotional needs for children who have completed cancer therapy at least three years beforehand and are five years beyond their initial diagnosis. Services include:

  • A thorough review of your child's medical records to look at possible complications and late effects
  • Annual exams, including appointments with specialists to address possible late effects
  • Education for patients, families and other healthcare providers about the potential late effects of cancer therapy
  • Help with the transition to adult care providers when necessary (between the ages of 18 and 25, depending on your child's situation)