What to Expect
When you become a patient at the Cincinnati Children’s Cancer Survivorship Center, you’ll be cared for by a team of experts who work together to keep you healthy.
Most patients see us once a year for a thorough check-up and consultation related to their childhood cancer treatments. However, this appointment does not replace your annual physical or wellness exam with your primary care provider (PCP). You should see your PCP throughout the year for any routine care or illness. You can reach out to us any time you have concerns about late effects or with questions specific to your cancer history.
If you’re new to Cincinnati Children’s or the Cancer Survivorship Center, we will help you obtain any medical records from your prior treatment team before your first appointment. A member of our team will work with you and, if applicable, your referring provider to obtain your detailed medical history, copies of laboratory and radiology reports and other relevant materials.
At that visit we’ll review your medical history, including your cancer treatment history.
We’ll talk about how your childhood cancer—and cancer treatments—could affect you in the future. This discussion will include:
- What long-term complications you’re at risk for, based on your cancer treatments. For example, if you had chest radiation treatments, you have a higher risk of possibly developing breast cancer or certain heart problems.
- What steps you can take to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which may help prevent some late effects.
- What types of testing you need to screen for late effects, and how often you’ll need those tests.
This information will help guide your customized survivorship care plan, which we’ll review each year at your annual visit.
Your Annual Cancer Survivorship Visit
During your annual appointment, you can expect to spend a couple of hours at Cincinnati Children’s. Depending on your needs, your visit may include one or more of the following:
- Consultations with a nurse practitioner and an oncologist who specializes in caring for childhood cancer survivors.
- Consultations with adult or pediatric providers who have expertise in certain types of cancer or specific late effects. For example, if you were treated for a sarcoma in your leg, you may need to see an orthopedic surgeon or rehabilitation specialist. If you had cancer that affected your hormones, you may need to see an endocrinologist.
- Appointments with other professionals who can provide mental or emotional support. You may need to see a neuropsychologist for cognitive testing, or a social worker who can connect you with resources such as medical transportation or financial assistance.
- Lab tests to check for early signs of certain medical conditions.
- Imaging tests as needed for specific situations.
- Other diagnostic procedures, such as an echocardiogram to check your heart health, or pulmonary function tests to evaluate your lung health.
- Coordination of referrals for any additional treatments or services you may need.
To help you minimize travel back-and-forth to our campus—and reduce the number of missed work or school days—we try our best to schedule all your consultations, tests and appointments on the same day.