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 center in 1987 as one of the first of its kind in the country.

Our team of specialists includes experts in many types of cancers including brain tumors, blood cancers, and sarcomas.

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 the center annually for a thorough evaluation, risk assessments and referrals for medical treatment and other services. Patients seen in the center 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 center'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 Medical Center.

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

Learn more about the Cancer Survivorship Center team on the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute's team page.