Adult Survivors of Pediatric Cancers
Any oncology treatment received during childhood may have unique or increased risks of long-term effects. When monitoring for signs of late effects, it’s important that health care professionals are aware of your age when you received treatment as well as the dosage, intensity and treatment type you received. It is strongly recommended that adults of pediatric cancers are enrolled in one of the specialized AfterCare Programs within Ontario.
An AfterCare Clinic can compile and provide both a treatment record and a care plan for ongoing monitoring. AfterCare Clinics can be found in Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton and London.
For a complete list, contact information and more, please visit the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario website (opens in new tab).
Transitioning Back to Family Physician or Primary Health Team Care
Many patients have expressed anxiety about returning to their family health care team after their cancer treatment ends. Patients have fears that the family health care team will not be able to answer questions or recognize side effects or symptoms that you may have. Although we do send information on your treatments to your family health care team during and after cancer treatment, it will help you if to keep a log of your cancer care, and keep in regular contact with your family health care team.
Below are some resources that will help you develop your own ‘Survivorship Care Plan’:
Journey Forward Patient Tools (opens in new tab)
American Society of Clinical Oncology Survivorship Care Plans (opens in new tab)
Minnesota Cancer Alliance Cancer Survivor Care Plan (opens in new tab)