All Children's Hospital and All Children's Specialty Physicians have launched CanSurvive Clinic - a comprehensive pediatric cancer survivorship program tailored to the special long-term health concerns of former cancer patients.
Kelly Sawczyn, MD, directs the CanSurvive Clinic, which is held monthly in the outpatient hematology oncology center at All Children's Outpatient Care in Tampa, located on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. The CanSurvive Clinic will also be offered at All Children's Hospital main campus in St. Petersburg.
Thanks to improved treatment outcomes, survivorship is an increasingly important area of clinical care and research in pediatric oncology. Most long-term pediatric cancer survivors lead healthy lives, but their prior treatments may cause an increased risk for chronic medical problems, including obesity, heart failure, infertility, and secondary malignancies.
The CanSurvive Clinic provides coordinated multidisciplinary survivorship care, including annual visits with physicians (pediatric oncologists and other pediatric subspecialists), an oncology social worker, and other members of All Children's wellness team. In order to be seen in the CanSurvive Clinic, patients must be in clinical remission at least five years from their most recent cancer diagnosis, and at least two years from completion of their last therapy. Additionally patients who have undergone bone marrow transplantation for a cancer or non-cancerous illness can be seen in their clinic.
Clinic patients receive treatment summaries with information about the patient's diagnosis, treatment received, complications of therapy, potential late effects of therapy, and recommended screening studies for late effects. Patients and families can choose to share this information with current and future healthcare providers. Both the written reports and the interaction during annual visits are designed to empower patients and their families to seek and receive optimal healthcare.
At your visit, your cancer therapy, current health problems (if any), and future health risks will be explained. After your visit, you will also receive a medical summary of your cancer care, including suggestions for health care into adulthood using the Passport for Care program. We also have many handouts about long term side effects of cancer therapy depending on your cancer diagnosis and treatment. We anticipate seeing you on an annual basis to continue surveillance for late effects of your therapy and continued education. Any acute issues arising between your annual visits to Long-Term Survivors Clinic can continue to be managed by your primary team of doctors and nurses.
For appointments, call the All Children's Pediatric Hematology/Oncology office in Tampa at (813) 631-5001.
The CanSurvive Clinic is located at All Children's Specialty Care of Tampa at 12220 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.
Kelly K. Sawczyn, M.D.
Director, CanSurvive Clinic
727-767-4176 / 813-631-5001