Unlike 50 years ago, the chances of surviving a childhood cancer today are better than ever. While most survivors enjoy good health after their cure, some develop "late effects," which are chronic medical conditions or emotional difficulties that appear years after treatment.
The High-Five Cancer Survivor’s Clinic at Cleveland Clinic Children's is a long-term follow-up clinic for children and adults who have reached the point of five years from a diagnosis of pediatric cancer and who have been off therapy for at least three years.
Working together, hand in hand, our specially trained physicians, nurses and providers care for our childhood cancer survivor patients. We work with an interdisciplinary team across specialties to provide individualized care tailored specifically for our survivors. In addition, we work with our patients' primary care physicians to make them aware of issues that may need close monitoring.
Who We Treat
The High-Five Cancer Survivor’s Clinic team also counsels childhood cancer patients who are in the process of undergoing cancer therapy, as well as their families, to educate them about late effects and the importance of post-therapy follow-up care. In addition, we also work with those who have been treated for non-cancer diseases with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or stem cell transplant.
We help ensure survivor success by identifying and managing late effects in survivors. The professionals within the clinic help patients move forward confidently with their lives, armed with the information they need to preserve their health.
What We Look For
Late effects can be a result of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and blood and marrow or stem cell transplants. The effects vary depending upon the type of cancer or noncancerous disease, the course of treatment and quite possibly the age of the child during treatment, among other things. Some examples of late effects are:
- Secondary cancers
- Early menopause
- Heart damage, including premature coronary artery disease
- Neuropsychological effects, such as learning disabilities
- Psychosocial issues like decreased self-esteem and stress
- Pulmonary toxicity
- Hormonal and growth disorders
- Genitourinary problems
- Gastrointestinal effects
The High-Five Cancer Survivor’s Clinic professionals can help with all these issues. By working together, hand in hand, we are able to meet the unique needs of our childhood cancer survivor patients and their families.
- Seth Rotz, MD, Medical Director
- Jennifer Weaver, RN
- Taylor Buss, MSW, LSW
- Erin Feldman, MSSA, LSW
High Risk Breast Center
- Rebekah Moore MS, CGC, LGC
- Gwen Barron, RD, LD
- Sara Bewley, MS, RD, CSP, LD
We can also help provide the following resources:
- Occupational or physical therapy
- Vocational Rehab
- Education Resources
- 504 Plan
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If you or your child is a survivor of childhood cancer, treated anywhere, and would like to make an appointment, call 216.444.1216.