Extraordinary advances have propelled the cure rate of childhood leukemia from 30 percent in the 1970s to more than 90 percent today.
Similarly, more than 70 percent of all children and young adults are cured of their primary tumors, in large measure because of the science developed at specialty centers like the Duke Cancer Institute’s Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.
These successes have led to a population of adults suffering the after-effects of the very treatments that cured their disease.
At the Duke Long-Term Cancer Survivor Clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic for long-term survivors of cancer, our goal is to study and alleviate the symptoms that affect these cancer survivors later in life.
The clinic serves patients under the age of 25 who have been off treatment for five years or more.
Our clinical and research programs are designed to collect data retrospectively and prospectively in large groups of patients. We analyze the data and then deliver specially designed medical care to our patients based on this information.
Clinic patients see a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, and health care professionals, and can see more than one specialist at the same time without making multiple appointments. The clinic also includes an adult internal medicine specialist, thus ensuring a seamless transition with age.
Learn how to make an appointment at the Duke Cancer Institute.