People who have been treated for a brain tumor are at risk for experiencing “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 consequences. 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 for patients and their families.
The program follows long-term care guidelines from the Children’s Oncology Group, complementing those with additional assessments. These assessments are provided by experts at Cincinnati Children’s who specialize in neuropsychology, endocrinology, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, nephrology and school intervention, among other specialists.