People who have been treated for a tumor of the brain or spine are at risk for “late effects,” which are health problems that occur months or years after cancer is diagnosed and treated.
Late effects can be caused by the cancer or cancer treatment, and may lead to chronic health problems, intellectual and social difficulties, fertility issues, psychological and social difficulties, and other concerns. To address these risks, we have established a unique Brain Tumor Survivorship Program that provides early detection of late effects, timely and innovative therapies, coaching to promote a healthy lifestyle, and survivorship care education focused specifically on brain tumor patients and their families.
The program follows long-term care guidelines from the Children’s Oncology Group, complementing those with additional assessments. The Brain Tumor Survivorship Program is a collaborative team of experts in neuropsychology, endocrinology (growth and hormones), neurology, rehabilitation therapy, nephrology (kidney care) and school intervention, among other specialties.