Next Steps Program
The Next Steps Program has a team of specialists who are experienced in the issues faced by survivors of childhood cancer and bone marrow transplants. The team includes an oncologist, nurse practitioner, nurse educator, psychologist, social worker, registered dietitian, schoolteacher and physical therapist.
The clinic allows survivors and their families to:
- Ask questions and get answers about past treatment and future needs.
- See many experts in one visit to discuss care.
- Get summaries of past treatment and recommendations for future care.
Benefits of survivorship services
Anyone who has had cancer or a bone marrow transplant may experience related health problems later in life. Survivors and their families need a special kind of care to learn how to monitor and manage possible effects. Our team will:
- Identify any possible effects from cancer treatment and create a plan to address them.
- Educate each survivor about the therapy he or she received and what it may mean for future medical care.
- Provide guidance on healthy lifestyle behaviors and good nutrition.
- Offer support for school, vocational and social issues.
- Help make connections to resources available for survivors, including camps, survivor support websites, college scholarship opportunities and educational materials.
- Provide a comprehensive summary of treatment and ongoing medical needs to the survivor and his or her primary care doctor.
We're here to support patients and families affected by cancer and bone marrow transplants. We work closely with you to make sure all questions are answered. Our goal is to help survivors live happy, healthy lives.
Who may benefit from our program
- Cancer survivors diagnosed before age 40, regardless of current age.
- Patients who received a bone marrow transplant more than two years ago.
- Patients diagnosed with cancer who completed treatment more than three years ago or were diagnosed more than five years ago.
The clinic is open to survivors regardless of where they received their previous treatments.
Join the Young Adult Oncology Group
Young adults who have received or currently are receiving cancer treatment may need special support.
Get a second opinion
It's important to learn everything you can about your child’s diagnosis and care. We'll give you a second opinion.
The Children’s Oncology Group Long-Term Follow-Up Guidelines for Survivors of Childhood, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancers are a resource for healthcare professionals who provide ongoing care to survivors of pediatric malignancies.