Pediatric Cancer Care
Comprehensive Cancer Care in San Antonio

Survivorship Program

Keep your child as healthy and happy as possible after cancer treatment with ongoing survivorship care and support from University Health.

Why Does My Child Need Cancer Recovery Support?

When your child finishes cancer treatment, our survivorship program helps you and your child navigate life after cancer. Our experts will help manage the long-term medical risks and late effects of treatment that may come with childhood cancer. Count on family-focused emotional support to help cope with any problems that may occur.

Dedicated Survivorship Care Team

Rely on our devoted, patient-centered doctors, nurse coordinator and other specialists who work together to look after your child in the survivorship program. Your team will provide the personalized care your child needs.

Specialized Childhood Cancer Survivor Care

Expect your child to receive attentive follow-up care for two to three years, according to national recommendations for their type of cancer. Your child will have health screenings, imaging exams and lab tests. There will not be any treatment unless test results show changes in their condition.

Aftercare and services at University Health include:

  • Care coordination with other specialists as needed
  • Counseling resources for cancer survivors and families
  • Monitoring for long-term and late effects of cancer
  • Wellness and health programs for a healthy lifestyle, such as diet and physical activity
  • Screening for future cancer risk
  • Support groups and community resources to connect with other kids and families who have gone through cancer
  • Transition help for adolescents and young adults ready to move up to adult aftercare

Ask your nurse coordinator about the unique opportunities available through our survivorship program, including jobs and scholarships for cancer survivors.

Reproductive Care

Turn to our specialists to help with reproductive care after cancer treatments. Aftercare includes treating:

Managing Late Effects of Cancer

If your child experiences side effects related to cancer therapy later in life, we can help. Late effects of cancer can happen months or years after treatment has ended. Common long-term effects of cancer treatments include:

  • Growth, development and hormones
  • Emotional challenges
  • Learning and memory
  • Oral health
  • Organ functions
  • Social and psychological adjustment
  • Risk of second cancer later in life

Cancer Survivorship Research Clinics

Join research at University Health or one of our partners that studies childhood cancer survivors. Research findings improve our survivorship program for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer by looking at health risks and ways to prevent the long-term effects of cancer treatment.

Your child or adolescent may be able to participate in specific research studies depending on the type of cancer and treatment he or she had. Ask your care team about special programs for human papillomavirus (HPV) and bone tumor survivors.

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