Children, adolescents, and young adults surviving childhood cancer have an ongoing need for specialized care and follow-up. At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, survivorship care is broken into three specific clinics tailored for children with different survivorship needs. In all the long-term follow up clinics, teams of health care providers focus on improving the quality of life – medical, emotional, educational, and social of the children as they grow into adulthood. All clinics are open not only to patients treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital but to survivors who are attending college, working, or have moved into the area, but received treatment at another center. All long-term follow up clinics provide referrals to appropriate medical sub-specialists, if needed, and link to community services that may be of benefit to the survivors.
The Oncology Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic focuses on the needs of children, adolescents and adults who have been treated for any pediatric cancer. The clinic is staffed by Dr. Randy Olshefski along with Jenny Cafaro, Certified Nurse Practitioner. During their clinic visit, the pediatric cancer survivor is seen by a physician, nurse practitioner, nurse clinician, social worker, psychologist, a dentist, Genetics Counselor and a nutrition expert. Patients receive a summary of their cancer treatment and educational information about potential complications of their disease or treatment and recommendations for screening and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
For additional information, please call (614) 722-8917.
The Neuro-Oncology Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic focuses on the needs of children and adolescents following treatment for brain tumors. The clinic is staffed by Neuro-oncologist, Dr Randy Olshefski, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Suzanne Scott. It is open to any child treated for a brain tumor, whether treated with chemotherapy or radiation and/or surgery. The clinic also is supported by a nurse clinician, a social worker, an education specialist, a psychologist, and an expert on nutrition.
For additional information, please call (614)722-8917.
The Bone Marrow Transplant Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic focuses on the needs of children and adolescents following a bone marrow transplant, whether it was for a cancer or for a non-cancer condition, such as bone marrow failure or sickle cell disease. The clinic is staffed by all the Bone Marrow Transplant Attending Physicians, Dr Dana Hardin- a Pediatric Endocrinologist, a nurse, a social worker, an education specialist, a psychologist, and a dentist is available on call.
For an appointment in Bone Marrow Transplant Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic, please call Dalena, Patient Care Assistant at (614)722-8974.
To learn more about survivorship care for pediatric cancer, please visit www.survivorshipguidelines.org.