Cancer Survivor Program
Our Long-Term Survivor Program monitors more than 1,800 patients for delayed side effects and complications caused by their previous cancer therapies. Though relatively rare, these "late" effects are potentially serious, and often subtle and difficult to diagnose. Our program is one of only a few pediatric programs in the U.S. to provide care throughout a patient’s entire life.
We have also designed and implemented an innovative web-based program, Passport for Care®, that serves more than 40,000 survivors and their physicians through provision of information on health concerns and recommended screening tests and schedules based on their treatment history.
Our Long-Term Survivor Program has developed an international reputation as a leader in the field and has attracted a world-renowned faculty involved in local, national and international research that benefits today's pediatric cancer patients and future survivors.
During the past 20 years, pediatric oncologists have made great strides in improving the overall cure rate of children with cancer. Nearly 80 percent of children diagnosed with cancer now survive - and this rate is sure to improve in the coming years. There are currently more than 320,000 childhood cancer survivors in the United States, and approximately one in 570 are between the ages of 20 and 39 years who have survived childhood cancer. The Cancer Center, along with other researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, The Center for Collaborative and Interactive Technologies (CCIT), and in collaboration with the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) has developed the Passport For Care®, an innovative healthcare project that addresses the need to provide patients and survivors of cancer and other chronic illnesses with increased access to their medical information and healthcare guidelines. The Passport for Care® is being implemented in multiple clinical centers in Texas and across the country.
The Long-Term Survivor Program sees patients of any cancer diagnosis, two years after the completion of therapy, and five years from original date of diagnosis. When an appointment is made, we attempt to schedule all diagnostic and lab evaluations for the same day for your convenience. The visit includes a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's physical health as well as academic and social development. It also includes a meeting with a social worker who can help assess coping skills, answer financial and insurance concerns, and provide the appropriate resources if needed.
The Long-Term Survivor Program also provides basic patient education about diagnosis, treatment, potential risks (late-effects), and maintaining and maximizing good health in regards to diet, exercise, environmental exposure, and stress. There are also opportunities to be enrolled in clinical research trials.
Caregivers at Texas Children's Cancer Center recognize that health concerns for childhood cancer patients do not end when their cancer treatment is successfully completed.
The clinic sees patients who were treated at any pediatric cancer treatment center.
The Children's Oncology Group provides additional long-term follow-up guidelines at survivorshipguidelines.org.
Patients and families can call and self-refer to the Long-Term Survivor Program directly, and self referrals for this clinic are permitted. Questions concerning follow-up appointments, as well as becoming a new patient, may be directed to Gaye Hamor, Long-Term Survivor Program Coordinator, at 832-822-4727.
Texas Children's Hospital
To make an appointment at Texas Children's Hospital, please contact us at 1-800-226-2379. Patients are seen on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are made approximately 4 weeks in advance to provide ample time for a care plan to be developed and appropriate screening and testing appointments to be scheduled.
Texas Children's Hospital West Campus
We also have a convenient location at Texas Children's Hospital West Campus (Katy) for our Long-Term Survivorship Clinic. LTS clinic appointments at our Katy location can be made by calling 832-227-1090 directly.
Vannie Cook Children's Clinic
To schedule an appointment at our location in McAllen, Texas, please call 956-661-9840.