Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute

  • Helping Childhood Cancer Survivors Thrive

    Cincinnati Children's Cancer Survivorship Center provides specialized medical care and psychosocial support to childhood cancer survivors — continuously and without interruption through adulthood. Cincinnati Children’s established the program 25 years ago as one of the first of its kind in the country.

    Greatly expanded in the past five years, the Cancer Survivorship Center today cares for more than 1,800 children and adult survivors, who range in age from 5 to 65+ years old.

    The Cancer Survivorship Center is designed for people who were diagnosed with a pediatric cancer at least five years ago and completed treatment for their cancer at least two years ago.

    Patients remain under the care of their primary care physician, returning to our clinic annually for a thorough evaluation, risk assessments and referrals for medical treatment and other services. Patients seen in our clinic do not need to have been treated for cancer at Cincinnati Children’s.

    As medical advances help more and more people to survive cancer, the need for long-term care and research to improve outcomes also grows. The effects of disease and treatment on the body can create later health problems, including an increased risk for heart, lung and kidney disease, intellectual challenges, fertility issues or secondary cancers.

    The clinic’s experienced team of doctors, nurses and other health professionals is dedicated to helping childhood cancer survivors thrive by:

    • Taking a comprehensive look at their medical history and current health concerns
    • Conducting annual health screenings and risk assessments
    • Coordinating medical care to address any late effects of cancer treatment, functional impairments and quality-of-life issues
    • Educating patients about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle
    • Helping patients transition from pediatric  to adult care providers
    • Serving as an educational resource for community physicians, patients and families

    Cancer Survivorship Facts

    • One in 300 Americans is diagnosed with cancer before age 20.
    • At least 80 percent of those patients become long-term survivors.
    • One in 450 young adults is a childhood cancer survivor.
    • Almost two-thirds of survivors will have at least one chronic health condition because of their cancer or its treatment.
    • One-third of cancer survivors may have a serious or life-threatening medical condition.

    Adult Care

    We provide care for adults as well as children through our partnership with Barrett Cancer Center at University Hospital in Cincinnati.

    Karen Burns, MD, MS, is director of the Cancer Survivorship Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

    Rajaram Nagarajan, MD, MS, directs the Cancer Control and Outcomes Research Initiative.

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  • Cancer Survivor Becomes a Nurse

    Cancer survivor Katie Keeler is now a nurse at Cincinnati Children's.

    Katie Keeler, a nurse in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, was inspired to become a nurse after she battled acute promyelocytic leukemia as a teenager and received care at Cincinnati Children's.

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  • Patient Stories

    Tell Me a Story is a storytelling project that records people talking, in their own words, about how Cincinnati Children's has somehow touched their lives. Watch these videos about patients we have treated for cancer:

    As a child, Maria Seta had Wilms tumor, a type of kidney cancer, and her first memories are of being in the hospital. Today, she calls herself a survivor. Watch her story.

    When he was 11, Joseph Dunn was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. His initial treatment was chemotherapy and radiation. He survived the cancer, but it shaped who he would become. Watch his story.

    Matthew Grosser's diagnosis as a baby was devastating. He had something called an ependymoma, a brain tumor. Matt, now 22, is pursuing a graduate degree in social work from the University of Louisville.  Watch his story.

    When Joey Evans was 2, doctors discovered he had rhabdomyosarcoma, a tissue cancer in his bladder that spread quickly. Evans spent a lot of time at Cincinnati Children's and considers it the place he grew up. Now 40, he has fond memories of his caregivers. He even ended up marrying a nurse. Watch his story.